Passenger Attacks Bus Driver With 2×4 After Being Asked To Wear A Mask

Liz Carey

Lubbock, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Lubbock, Texas bus driver was left battered and bleeding after a passenger attacked her and her bus with a 2 x 4 after being told he had to wear a mask on the bus.

According to the Lubbock police, Shonn Glenn Shepard flew into a rage after an unnamed female bus driver for Citibus told him it was the company that required passengers to wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. After the driver ordered Shepard off the bus, he gathered his things as if to go, but then as he was leaving, hit the driver.

A short time later, he returned with the plank of wood and attacked the driver and the bus.

“[Shepard] began using the 2×4 to break multiple mirrors and windows on the bus,” the police report said. “[The victim] advised that [Shepard] approached the driver side window where she was seated and shattered the driver side window.”

Police said when they arrived Shepard tried to run away before taking an aggressive stand against the police.

“[Shepard] was holding a 2×4 piece of wood. The 2×4 was covered with what appeared to be a significant amount of fresh blood,” the report said.

Police took Shepard in at gunpoint, where, while in the squad car, according to police reports, the suspect “intentionally urinated on the back seat.”

Shepard was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on Friday, charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief and evading police. Damage to the bus was estimated at $2,500. Shepard’s bonds total $31,000. As of yesterday, Shepard was still being held at the county jail.

In July, Gov. Greg Abbot issued an executive order mandating that Texans wear face coverings in public places in more Texas counties.

The attack is the latest in a long string of actions against workers – some of them fatal – over customers who refuse to wear face masks inside of businesses.

Since May, essential workers, and sometimes security guards at businesses, have been attacked over masks.

In California, two men were arrested in mid-May after the fought with a Target employee who told them to wear a mask. In Decatur, GA in early May, a 59-year-old man was arrested on charges of battery after he shoved a gas station attendant who asked him to wear a mask while inside the Hucks Food and Fuels paying for his gas.

In Aurora, Col., police arrested a man who entered a Waffle House and shot a cook after he was told he wouldn’t be served without a mask. In Flint, Mich., authorities said a Family Dollar store security guard was killed in early May after he allegedly told a shopper their child needed to wear a mask to enter the store, per the governor’s executive order.

Earlier this month, employees of Spirit Airlines were attacked by passengers when a flight was delayed.

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