Man accused of pepper spraying MTS bus driver sought by San Diego police

Driver suffered minor injuries to face, eyes

SAN DIEGO - Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a man suspected of pepper spraying an MTS bus driver during a confrontation.

San Diego police detectives said at about 4:40 p.m. on Oct. 23, a man boarded a bus at 1900 Cable Street in Ocean Beach and sat in the back of the bus.

The man began harassing some passengers seated near him, and when the bus stopped at 200 W. Broadway, the driver ordered the man to leave the bus, detectives said.

"He started causing trouble, just mouthing off with passengers," said MTS spokesman Rob Schupp.

However, the man confronted the driver and then sprayed him in the face with pepper spray. The man got off the bus and fled the scene, according to detectives.

The driver suffered minor injuries to his face and eyes, detectives said.

"There's no question that a crime was committed, and now it's up to (San Diego) PD to use this various resources to track him down," said Schupp.

The suspected attacker is described as a white man 40-50 years old and about 6 feet tall with a medium build. The man was wearing a black shirt with an orange Jack-o-lantern on the front, black pants, black baseball hat and neon-green sunglasses.

Schupp said passengers can always contact security at the numbers posted inside every bus when a passenger is unruly or threatening anyone.

"If you want to just text and not have a voice-activated thing, you can just text our security.  Let people know what's happening and where," he said.

The last thing MTS wants riders to do is step into a confrontation; Schupp said that's the driver's responsibility.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact SDPD detectives at 619-744-9500 or Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. Tipsters can also submit information at sdcrimestoppers.com.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Surveillance video of the incident (mobile users http://bit.ly/19VBSDb):

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