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ALERT: Suspect Wanted for Spitting on NJ Transit Bus Operator in Newark


Police in Newark requests the public’s help with identifying a suspect, who was captured on surveillance video assaulting a New Jersey Transit Bus driver when she spit on the employee and struck her with an umbrella on April 7. 

According to officials, Newark Police responded to a call about an assault that occurred around 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Clinton Avenue. 

The driver told officers that as she was approaching Martin Luther King Boulevard and Clinton Avenue, she stopped the bus so that a Black woman could board when she saw her running toward the bus.  

According to police, after she got on the bus, the woman started screaming and yelling. 

The bus driver tried to calm the woman down, but the woman spit in the driver’s face and hit her several times with an umbrella.  

The suspect left the bus walking toward a discount store. Several passengers attempted to detain the woman but were unsuccessful. 

Director O’Hara urges anyone with information about the suspect to call the Police Division’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). 

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.