Hunt for bus sucker-puncher
POLICE have released vision of two assaults on Brisbane buses that left a man and woman with facial injuries in Chermside and Everton Park last month.
About 7.45pm on Sunday, December 9, a male passenger punched a 40-year-old seated man on a bus that was stopped at Maundrell Terrace, Chermside West, injuring his face, police media reported. The attacker then quickly left the bus.
In a separate assault, it was believed the same man assaulted and caused facial injuries to an 18-year-old woman about 5.45pm on Wednesday, December 12. She too was seated on a bus when it was stopped on South Pine Road at Everton Park.
Strong criticism on social media:
“Gutless piece of crap. Punching innocent people when they least expect it and then getting off so they can’t beat him back,” one commenter wrote.
“Life ban on public transport to start with and hoping for all those involved a speedy recovery!” wrote another.
“Hurry up Qld Police and get this guy off the streets. He’s obviously mentally sick,” another commenter shared.
Call for witnesses
Police urged witnesses or anybody who recognises the man in the vision to contact them.
“Investigating police would also like to speak with any pedestrians or motorists who may have captured mobile phone footage or dash cam vision,” police said.
Likewise, anyone who may have been a victim of a similar incident is being encouraged to contact police.