A bus driver being attacked and brutally beaten by a passenger who repeatedly refused to leave the bus for cursing was caught on a surveillance camera. The driver ended up with two black eyes and a broken nose.
In the attack on Tuesday in Olympia, Wash., 24-year-old Kiel Duggins, is seen repeatedly punching Intercity Transit bus driver Robert Weigelt after he is asked to leave for having apparently been cursing in the back of the bus.
After Duggins refuses to leave the bus, he and the driver exchange words by the back exit door, at which time we hear the 24-year-old tell the driver, "Don't touch me, don't physically touch me. . . I have the right to hit you in the face."
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"And I have the right to hit you back," the driver responds.
Duggins then escalates his voice, telling the diver, "If you hit me in the face, we will fight to the death!"
After telling him to "get off of my bus" several more times, the driver attempts to push the passenger out the door. Duggins pushes the driver back knocking him into a two-seat row at which point he begins to punch the driver repeatedly in the face as shown on the bus surveillance camera.
At one point one young man passenger appears to attempt to intervene but quickly walks off leading to the attacker continuing his assault on the driver, who is not fighting back.
During the assault, which lasted for more than a minute as several other bystander watched without attempting to help the driver, the attacker is heard yelling, "What, you bleedin' now, you bleeding? Is that real blood? Let me taste it."
As the driver attempts to walk away, the attacker yells at him, "Your kingdom will fall! . . In pain!"
Duggins was apprehended by police two hours later after transit employees recognized him at an IT transit center in downtown Olympia, KiroTV.com reported
Duggins was subsequently charged with third-degree assault and is reportedly being held on $20,000 dollar bail at the Thurston County Jail.
A public defender representing Duggins said his client is on medication and has no criminal history, King5.com reported
Weigelt is said to be recovering from the assault at home with two black eyes and a broken nose, according to KiroTV.com.
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