New York bus driver arrested after punching passenger in Brooklyn

New York City bus illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar 

A bus driver became enraged after he was spit in the face by a passenger, according to witnesses.

The MTA bus driver was arrested for assault in Brooklyn, New York, this morning, after punching a passenger who spit in his face, authorities said.

Robert Volkens, 42, was driving a Q35 bus and got into a fight with the passenger, who is 23 years old, after the metrocard he was trying to use was not working. The incident happened as he tried to board the bus near Kings Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, at 7:45 a.m., the police said.

The man asked Volkens, if he could board the bus without paying, but the driver refused to let him on the bus, police said. After a back and forth argument, another passenger kindly paid the fare of the man,
police said.

The ungrateful passenger then spit in the face of the bus driver twice, when he left the bus at Nostrand Avenue near Avenue H, police said.

Volkens followed him outside and punched him before being arrested for misdemeanor assault, police said.

"Appropriate action will be taken at the conclusion of a full investigation," MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz said.

The victim was treated for minor injuries at Kings County Hospital, police said.