Teen Charged in KCATA Driver Attack

Michael Cubie, charged with punching bus driver

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael Cubie, an 18-year-old from Kansas City, has been charged with “Assault with Intent to Commit Bus Hijacking” and third degree assault. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on October 1 when Cubie was caught on bus surveillance cameras sucker punching a KCATA bus driver. He told authorities he had committed the assault because he was having a bad day.

According to the probable cause statement, the bus driver told authorities he observed a group of younger males get on the bus that he could tell were not going to pay. Subsequently he asked them to get off the bus. The said he remembered two males exiting and the next thing he remembered was passengers telling him he had been assaulted.

Among a group of five witnesses that made up the group asked to leave, two of them stated that Cubie told the group he intended to assault the driver by punching him in the face. All five said  they had not paid for their bus fare and all of them identified Cubie from a photo line-up as the person who assaulted the driver.

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