We take you to Albuquerque, New Mexico where there were two vicious attacks on city bus drivers in less than a week. One scary incident occurred when Thomas Crum boarded a bus and tried to pay with passes that were expired, and weren’t even from this year. The man refused to get off the bus and told the driver that he was an undercover Albuquerque police officer. Where’s your undercover Albuquerque police officer vehicle then? Something cool, with some power, but still affordable on a cop’s salary like the 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo as seen in Training Day.
That’s when the driver got on the radio to express his concern that the situation could escalate. And escalate it did. The disgruntled commuter then pulled a knife on the driver and angrily instructed him to close the door and drive. The driver tells the dispatcher, “The gentleman has a knife, he’s threatening me with a knife!”
Crum wisely put the knife away and then attempted to hijack the bus like some long lost scenes from the movie Speed. After that was unsuccessful, the man sucker punched the driver from behind; knocking the bus driver out cold. After the attack, Crum fled, but police arrested him a couple of blocks away. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Only a few days earlier, a maniac passenger attacked and pepper-sprayed another Albuquerque bus driver. This disturbing altercation was because the driver could not break the commuter’s $10 bill for the fare. Seems like a totally valid reason to mace a civil servant and get the police after you. Probably still real salty that the Chicago Bulls lost. The mystery man is still at large.
Albuquerque bus passengers have no chill.