WBAL-TV (Baltimore), December 14, 2007
Maryland Transit Administration officials are investigating a second reported assault on a bus in the last week. Meanwhile, surveillance photos have been released and the bus driver has been taken off the road.
Patrick Green and Robert Rothe told WBAL TV 11 News that they were antagonized and attacked after boarding the No. 64 bus late Monday night in south Baltimore.
The men, who are white, said the attackers yelled racial slurs and that no one on board, including the driver, stepped in to stop the attack. MTA surveillance cameras captured four men boarding the bus at the Hanover Street stop Monday night, moments before Green and Rothe got on.
Roth said the driver closed the door and drove away, even though the attack continued once they got off the bus.
MTA officials said the driver of the bus is currently not operating a vehicle while the incident is being investigated.
MTA officials said they’re not currently classifying the incident as a hate crime. They said they’re simply calling it a common assault.
[Editor’s Note: The ARNews stories about the earlier beating of Sarah Kreager can be read starting here.]