Police investigating incident in which man grabbed bus driver's collar, yelled expletives

VIDEO: STOMP
The man (in black) first ran in front of the bus to prevent it from moving off, then forced open the bus doors and hurled expletives at the bus driver while roughly grabbing him by the collar.
The man (in black) first ran in front of the bus to prevent it from moving off, then forced open the bus doors and hurled expletives at the bus driver while roughly grabbing him by the collar.PHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - Police are investigating the case of a man who was captured on video assaulting a bus driver on Wednesday (June 27) afternoon.

Bus service 106 was travelling along Holland Avenue at about 12.40pm when a man ran in front of the bus to prevent it from moving off, reported citizen journalism website Stomp on Thursday (June 28).

A passenger, who wished to be known only as Sha, told The Straits Times that the bus had allegedly failed to pick him up. The man, who appeared to be in his mid-40s, then asked the bus driver to roll down the window and the two had a heated conversation.

The man then proceeded to force open the bus doors, and hurled expletives at the bus driver while roughly grabbing him by the collar.

Ms Sha, 21, who had been taking the bus to school, said that the man also shouted at passengers.

"It was quite scary for me and the other passengers. He kept screaming, asking 'What are you looking at?', and I think the more elderly ones especially were frightened," she said.

The bus driver did not retaliate and seemed to be receiving instructions over the phone on how to deal with the situation. Another passenger tried to calm the man down and eventually flagged a taxi for the man, who left the scene in it.

The police told ST they were alerted to a case of intentional harassment and voluntarily causing hurt, and that investigations are ongoing.

ST understands that the bus driver sustained minor injuries, including scratches to the neck and chest.

A spokesman for Tower Transit, which operates the service, said: "The police have been called in to deal with the situation. We are awaiting the results of their investigation."