New Westminster man arrested for 'vicious' assault on bus

Transit Police arrested a New Westminster man for what it called "a vicious assault" on another bus passenger and threatening a bus driver last Thursday.

Police said at 11:10 a.m, three women and a man boarded a bus at Eighth Avenue and 10th Street. The man, unknown to the women, began yelling at one of them. When one of them asked him to quiet down, he spat on her and began to kick and punch her. He then went to the front of the bus where police said he threatened to punch the driver if he didn't left him off, which he did at Sixth Avenue and 20th Street.

The 41-year-old victim, a New Westminster resident, was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital where she received stitches to the inside of her mouth and on her face.

A second Coast Mountain Bus Company employee recognized the suspect and identified him for police. On Friday, Brandon Joseph Johnson, 30, was arrested at his new Westminster home. He was charged with assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats and breach of probation. He was remanded in custody pending a psychiatric assessment.

Police said Johnson has previous convictions for assaulting a bus operator in 2006 and assaulting a police officer earlier this year.

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