Rider pulls knife on RTA bus driver

Rider pulls knife on RTA bus driver
An RTA bus operator had some fun at work, with a few happy kids. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An RTA bus driver had his life was threatened just because he was doing his job.

It happened December 23,2015 around 6 p.m. at E. 116th Street and Union Ave.

According to police 22-year-old Jared Henderson got on the bus and pulled a knife on the diver after the driver old him his bus pass was invalid.

Henderson also punched the driver.

During a scuffle the driver got the knife out of Henderson's hand and a passenger moved it from within reach. The driver was able to pin Henderson down until police arrived.

"The operator acted heroically when he restrained the assailant and when he protected the passengers by managing, in the midst of the struggle, to open the door to allow passengers to exit. The operator did everything correctly. Before he was attacked, the operator calmly and courteously explained the passenger needed to provide valid fare payment. Throughout this ordeal, the operator kept the safety of his passengers in mind, even though it was a very difficult situation," said RTA's CEO and GM Joe Calabrese.

Henderson is charged with felonious assault. He remains locked up in the county jail.

The entire incident was caught on tape.

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