Metro Transit bus driver charged with assaulting passenger

3:45 AM, Nov 2, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Metro Transit bus driver stands charged with assault after an altercation with a passenger.

A criminal complaint also charges 46-year-old James Yang with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

Metro Transit Police officers were dispatched to a bus parked near the University and Dale on October 2 around 11:30 p.m. There, they found Yang standing on his driver's seat holding a hammer and a female passenger in the aisle holding a knife. An officer demanded that they drop their weapons and both complied.

A video taken from the bus showed Yang and the passenger exchanging words as she was leaving the bus, and then the woman turned around and took Yang's picture with her cell phone. The video then shows Yang running out of the bus after the passenger, returning with her cell phone, and then slamming it to the ground as the two struggled.

Police say during that struggle Yang punched the woman at least twice in the head.

The passenger showed swelling in the area of her cheek, and the cell phone was broken.

Yang suffered a cut on his lip.

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