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Teen implicated in bus driver stabbing

A woman who watched a video tape of two young men beating a bus driver reportedly identified one of the alleged perpetrators as her son. Authorities report the woman's son, a 20-year-old man from Kansas City, has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the July 13 incident. Also implicated in the assault was a 14-year-old boy who reportedly punched the 52-year-old driver in the face. That young man has not been identified, and he remains in a juvenile detention facility pending further action.

Both suspects were arrested four days after the incident, just hours after police initially released photographic evidence associated with the case. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority had released video of the incident to the public. The victim in this case suffered serious injuries, including stab wounds to his stomach and back. He is currently recovering after receiving medical treatment. That driver has worked for the transit authority for seven years, and he is expected to return to work after his recovery is complete.

Authorities in the area say such attacks are relatively rare on metro-area buses, but swift action is required to prevent further assault on drivers and other passengers. Officers said the two defendants boarded the bus without their fares, cursing at the driver because he was late. The men then sat down, but they continued to verbally harass the driver. When he attempted to escort them from the bus, they stabbed him.

The juvenile in this case does not have to suffer lifelong effects from this situation. Instead, a qualified criminal defense attorney could lobby for leniency, especially if this is the teen's first offense. Rehabilitation for children is often a great option instead of incarceration, especially if the young person was acting in tandem with an older, influential individual. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help ensure that this incident will not follow the young man for the rest of his life.


Source: 
www.kansascity.com, "
Mother recognizes son after watching video of bus driver attack" Christine Vendel, Jul. 19, 2013

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