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Man, 19, Charged With Allegedly Punching Bus Driver

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(credit: Metro Transit)

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BROOKLYN PARK (WCCO) — A 19-year-old homeless man has been charged Thursday for allegedly punching a bus driver in Brooklyn Park, according to prosecutors.

Dominque Wright of Brooklyn Park was arrested Tuesday and remains in custody. He faces a felony charge of interference with transit operator, which carries a maximum three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

The assault happened around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of 85th Avenue North and Idaho Avenue, but the confrontation started when the bus driver picked up the passenger at 85th Avenue North and Adair Avenue.

Police said Wright was upset before even getting on the bus because he had to move over on the sidewalk due to a snow bank.

Once Wright got on the bus, he started arguing with the bus driver and allegedly punched him in the face, according to police.

Police said Wright had a knife in his hand when he punched the driver, which cut the driver’s face.

Wright left the scene, but police used a K9 that led them to a home where the man was arrested.

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