LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of an assailant who attacked a bus driver.

The assault occurred at 7:35 p.m. Friday as a Metro bus was on the road along Ventura Boulevard at Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

The suspect, who boarded Metro Bus line 150 in Studio City, reportedly became angry at the driver over a dispute involving the fare, and punched the driver in the head, knocking him unconscious before fleeing, according to Metro.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build  and long, shoulder-length dark hair that was worn in a ponytail.

(credit: Metro)

(credit: Metro)

He was wearing a black Chicago Bulls hat, along with a black T-shirt, black baggy jeans, and black shoes with white soles.

The bus driver, a six-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, was taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital, and has since been recovering at home.

The reward was announced Tuesday by County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who also chairs the Metro board of directors.

Anyone that may have information has been asked to call Detective James Eggers of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau at (213) 922-3625.


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