Lodi Police Arrest Paterson Man Who Allegedly Assaulted NJ Transit Bus Driver
Police in Lodi, New Jersey recently apprehended a Paterson NJ man who allegedly assaulted an NJ Transit bus driver.
According to Lodi police, the bus driver saw that the suspect was being disruptive on the bus and verbally abusing other passengers.
When the bus driver demanded that the suspect leave the bus, the suspect allegedly became violent and attacked the driver.
After allegedly assaulting the driver, the suspect exited the bus and fled the scene on foot.
The driver dialed 911 and notified the Lodi Police Department, which sent officers to the scene. Lodi police canvassed the area and eventually located the suspect hiding in the backyard of a house on North Savoie Street.
The suspect, a 28-year-old man who lives in Paterson, New Jersey, was arrested without further incident. He is now subject to very serious criminal charges for aggravated assault on a bus driver.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of aggravated assault, he faces severe penalties and a potentially lengthy prison sentence. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), a person who assaults an operator of a motorbus can be charged with a second degree criminal offense. A conviction on second degree aggravated assault charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $2,500 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Paterson Man Assaulted NJ Transit Bus Driver, Police Say.”