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VALLEY ROUNDUP | North Hollywood

Bus Driver Hit Over Head With Bottle

May 17, 2000|ELISE GEE

A bus driver was hit over the head with a bottle Monday night by an irate passenger, police said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority driver had picked up the passenger about 9:20 p.m. at Tujunga Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard, said Gary Wosk, spokesman for the agency. The passenger, Ruben Gonzalez, refused to pay his fare, said Sgt. Gary Patton of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division.

Gonzalez, 22, allegedly hit the driver over the head with the bottle at a bus stop as he was exiting at Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Burbank Boulevard, Wosk said. Other passengers helped detain Gonzalez until officers arrived.

He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and booked into Van Nuys Jail, Patton said. The driver was treated for a bump on his head.

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