Police say a man from Victoria is in custody after he allegedly assaulted a BC Transit driver at Douglas and Field streets on Monday night.
Victoria police say at 9 p.m., passengers called 911 and reported that a man had entered the bus by the back door and assaulted the driver after the driver asked the man what he was doing.
According to police, the man then fled onto Field Street.
Officers got to the scene within one minute of the call and based on the descriptions from the passengers who called 911, police then found the suspect a short distance away.
“Due to the quick thinking of the bus passengers in calling 911 and their excellent descriptions of the suspect, officers were able to recognize the man, who was then taken into custody without further incident,” Bowen Osoko, VicPD spokesperson, wrote in a release.
Paramedics treated the bus driver at the scene. The driver did not need to go to the hospital, police said.
Police said the suspect was held for court in the morning. VicPD also said the same man has been the subject of several calls and interactions with officers in the past few days.
Officers think the man may require mental health treatment and are recommending he remain in custody pending an evaluation.