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Winnipeg Transit driver violently assaulted

A Winnipeg Transit driver was violently assaulted by a 29-year-old man.
Winnipeg Transit driver violently assaulted (File Photo)

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune

Winnipeg, February 4, 2024 - Yesterday afterday, around 3:15 p.m., a disturbing incident unfolded on a Winnipeg Transit bus as an agitated male passenger turned violent, leaving a 39-year-old bus operator injured. The Winnipeg Police responded to the distress call at the intersection of Grassie Boulevard and Lagimodiere Boulevard.

Within moments of arrival, police witnessed the male passenger actively assaulting the bus driver. Quick to intervene, officers halted the assault and apprehended the adult male suspect. The bus driver, who sustained upper-body injuries during the attack, was subsequently assessed by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

Initial findings from the investigation revealed that the suspect had demanded the bus operator to deviate from the designated route, a request that could not be accommodated. Frustration turned into rage as the suspect assaulted the driver, forcing him to stop the bus.

The driver activated emergency equipment and opened the doors to ensure the safety of other passengers. The suspect threatened to stab the victim and continued the physical assault until police arrived to intervene.

Dakota James Ernest Asham, a 29-year-old resident of Winnipeg, now faces a slew of charges, including Assault with a Weapon (utilizing a grocery bag and its contents), Assault, and Uttering Threats with the intent to cause Death or Bodily Harm. He has been detained in custody pending further legal proceedings.


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