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TriMet bus driver: 'I was punched 15 times in the head'

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

TriMet is offering a $1,000 reward after a female bus driver was assaulted in the St. Johns neighborhood Thursday night.

The assault happened on the Line 4 bus while it was parked at North Richmond and Syracuse Street.

The bus driver was repeatedly punched after informing a rider that he did not pay the correct fare. He began yelling at the driver and then began hitting her.

She was able to fight off the suspect, who took off on foot, heading in the direction of the Safeway store at Richmond and Syracuse Street.

The bus driver then made a panicked emergency call to dispatchers, saying the attacker struck her 15 times in the head.

"He hit my head. He threw me in the back behind the driver's seat because I was trying to get away from him," she said.

She told the dispatcher she suffered injuries to her face and had skin missing from her forehead. She later received medical attention at the scene.

LISTEN: Bus driver makes panicked call for help [WARNING: Foul language]

The attacker is described as black, in his 20s, about 5'5" tall, 300 pounds, with a thin mustache, and was wearing a yellow hoody jacket.

Anyone with information about the suspect should contact Portland police.


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