Fourteen-year-old bus driver beating suspect to remain in detention

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Jackson County Juvenile Court judge scolded a 14-year-old for his suspected involvement in the attack on a city bus driver more than a week ago.

FOX 4 is not identifying the suspect because his case is still in juvenile court. However, FOX 4 learned on Tuesday during the hearing that the teen has been on probation since January for a robbery and scuffle with a police officer.

The judge told the teen he had been doing well on probation and staying out of trouble, until the arrest for allegedly attacking a bus driver at 31st and Cleveland on Saturday, July 13.

Police say the 14-year old and another man, whose own mother recognized him from the bus surveillance video, beat and stabbed the driver after he wanted them off the bus.

Police say they got on the bus and yelled at the driver for being late and then presented him with expired bus passes. When they kept arguing with him, the driver ordered them off the bus and the fight began.

Lewis Perkins, 20, faces charges of 1st degree assault and armed criminal action, and is being held on $100,000 bond. Perkins’ father is also a Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus driver. Lewis Perkins Sr. is a 12-year veteran KCATA bus driver.

The judge ordered the 14-year-old to remain in juvenile custody until his court hearing to determine whether he will be charged as an adult. She said she hopes he will not face adult charges because she doesn't believe he was the main attacker, and she also said she hopes he finds better people to hang out with.

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