A pair of perps miffed at being kicked off a bus in the East Village returned to attack the driver, according to police.
Cops said that on Mon., Aug. 31, at 10:50 p.m., a 35-year-old M.T.A. bus driver was motoring along on his route on the M2 bus — which runs from Washington Heights to Fourth Ave. and Ninth St. — when he spotted two passengers, a man and woman, threatening another passenger.
The driver ejected the man and woman at Eighth and Lafayette Sts., then proceeded to park the bus in front of 51 Astor Place (nicknamed “The Death Star” for its stark, angular architecture) to take a break.
The booted bus riders, however, returned and forced open the vehicle’s door. According to police, the man then told his female sidekick, “Beat him up,” and she began to punch the driver in the face. The attackers then fled.
The bus driver sustained minor head injuries. He was treated at New York Downtown Hospital and released.
The first suspect is described as a female with a light complexion, medium build, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, with brown hair, last seen wearing a black face mask, a blue shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers. She was wearing a large backpack and wheeling a piece of rolling luggage.
Police described the second individual as male, with a light complexion and medium build, around 5 feet 5 inches tall, with black hair and a beard, last seen wearing a dark baseball hat, a white shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers.
Surveillance video showing the individuals after the incident, taken from near the incident location, was released.
Police ask that anyone with information call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All tips are strictly confidential.