Team 10: Woman assaults security guard with cane

Posted at 10:29 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 16:40:46-05

A security guard working to keep passengers on an MTS bus safe became the victim of a violent assault in downtown San Diego. 

It happened when he tried to get an "unruly" woman to step off the bus that pulled to the curb at 5th and Beech.

Several transit officers are heard telling the woman to get off the bus. When she refused, one of the security personnel used pepper spray on her.

It backfired.

The woman, now identified as 42-year old Pamela Gantt, rushed toward the officer, hitting him with her cane.  As he fell to the ground, she is seen in video obtained by Team 10, smacking the officer in the head.

"Blood flowed everywhere. It was crazy," said attorney Kerry Armstrong who recorded the altercation from his second floor office.

Several passers-by stopped to help the officer, who had a six inch gash in his head. He was transported to a local hospital, but a doctor who helped stop the bleeding said he believed the officer would have a full recovery.

An MTS spokesman told Team 10 the officer is an employee of Universal Protection Services. It's believed Universal Protection Services is one of the safety agencies that provides security on MTS buses and trolleys.

Gantt is being held at the Las Colinas Jail on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Bail is set at $60,000.