Shocking surveillance video captures an Olympia, Wash., bus driver getting punched in the head and face about two dozen times by a passenger — an attack that a local union official called worse than anything he’s seen. And what the attacker told the driver as he was pummeling the man could be even more disturbing.
Police said Intercity Transit bus driver Robert Weigelt was arguing with Kiel Duggins, 24, during Tuesday afternoon’s route, Seattle’s KIRO-TV reported. Weigel told Duggins he was tired of him using offensive language and wanted him off the bus, according to KOMO-TV.
“If you hit me in the face, we will fight to the death,” Duggins told the driver near the open bus door, as captured by the surveillance footage. Moments later, the two were practically nose-to-nose, neither giving in.
Finally, Weigelt pushed Duggins, who returned the shove.
Duggins then started pummeling the driver and screaming and swearing at him.
Another passenger was seen momentarily pulling Duggins off the driver…
…but Duggins started punching Weigelt again.
“You bleeding? Is that real blood? Let me taste it,” Duggins disturbingly yelled.
The passenger who helped, River Nason, told KIRO: “If this guy doesn’t stop he’s going to do some serious damage to this guy. There’s no way I’m going to be a witness to a murder.”
As Duggins’ attack subsided, he was heard yelling at Weigelt, “Your kingdom will fall! You’ll pay!” As he exited the bus, he said, “Your blood is all over.”
Weigelt suffered two black eyes and his nose was broken, KIRO reported. He said Wednesday night that he couldn’t recall exactly what happened after the first few punches but credits Nason with helping to save his life.
Witnesses called police who found Duggins nearly two hours later at a transit center after employees recognized him from photos of the incident. Duggins is being held in jail for investigation of assault; his bail was set at $20,000.
“Drivers are trained to do what they need to do to take care of themselves and protect our passengers,” Kris Fransen with InterCity Transit told KIRO.
Ed Bricker with the Transit Union, Local 1765, said the attack is worse than anything he’s seen and that he hopes there aren’t repercussions for Weigelt.
Here’s the long version of the incident, which shows more of the argument taking place before the physical attack. (Content warning: offensive language has been bleeped out but violent images may be very disturbing):
Here’s the clip via Live Leak (content warning: very disturbing images and plenty of obscenities ahead):