St. Pete bus driver punched by rider over $2.25 fare

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — A 58-year-old PSTA bus driver had to have stitches under his eye after being punched after telling a rider his expired student identification card wouldn’t qualify him for half-fare.

Police say the incident happened around 4 p.m. on June 17 when the PSTA bus driver stopped and picked up a young man at Central Avenue and 49th St.

The rider displayed an expired ID and attempted to claim the half fare discount. Noticing the card was expired, the 58-year-old driver informed the young man he would have to pay the full fare. The rider refused, police said.

“The rider then punched the bus driver in the right eye and ran off,” according to a police media release.

The driver received a cut under his eye and needed to have stitches. His glasses were also broken when he was punched.

Police are now looking for the suspect who is believed to be between 18 and 24 years old. The black male is believed to be 6-foot-1 with a light complexion. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and a black apron, thought to be work clothing for a fast food restaurant chain.

If you have information regarding the identity of the suspect, please call the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.

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