A Vaughan man is facing an assault with a weapon charge after a coffee was thrown at a TTC driver in June. York Regional Police said the incident occurred June 8 when a TTC driver on Route 105 recognized a passenger who had verbally abused him weeks before. The driver refused to move the bus until the man left.
The man then walked to the front of the bus, threw coffee at the TTC driver and exited the vehicle. Police released a video of the assault, asking for help in identifying the man.
The driver was not burned. Const. Andy Pattenden told the Star it’s unclear if the coffee was hot.
Brad Ross, spokesperson for the TTC said the incident was “unacceptable” and “serious,” and operators have the right to withhold service if they feel unsafe.
Ross also said that the driver took a few days off and was assigned to a different route.
“The reality of the industry is that assault against bus drivers is almost inevitable,” said Bob Kinnear, leader of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113, which represents TTC workers.
Assault particularly over fare is very common and can be a traumatic experience for the driver, Kinnear said.
Pavel Osorio, 39, has been charged with assault with a weapon. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
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