Two sought in assault on MTA bus driver in Baltimore

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A man and woman are being sought by police for allegedly assaulting a Maryland Transit Administration bus driver in Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, MTA Police said Monday.

The pair were riding the No. 13 line in the 2900 block of North Ave. near the intersection of Poplar Grove St. about 5 p.m. when they allegedly assaulted the male driver — while he was driving — before exiting the bus, said Terry Owens, an MTA spokesman.

Owens said there was "some kind of exchange" between the pair and the driver before they both began striking him, but he declined to provide more details as the investigation is ongoing.

"We are trying to figure out exactly what happened," he said.

The driver was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Owens said.

Police are asking for the public's help identifying the man and woman. Anyone with information is asked to call the MTA Police criminal investigation unit at 410-454-1659.

The altercation is the second involving an MTA bus driver and a passenger in Baltimore in as many months.

Last month, a female bus driver was suspended without pay after a video of her fighting a girl on a bus on the No. 40 line surfaced online.

Owens said Monday that investigators in that case have reviewed all the evidence — including footage from an on-board camera — but an "internal review" is continuing. The driver remains suspended without pay.

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