Detroit man charged in knife attack on DDOT bus driver

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 34-year-old Detroit man is expected to be arraigned Friday on assault charges after he allegedly used a knife to slash a bus driver who refused to transport him to an area hospital, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

Willie DeQuan Lindsey has been charged with felonious assault and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

A DDOT bus is shown in this 2015 file photo.

Authorities allege that Lindsey cut the face of a 51-year-old Detroit Department of Transportation bus driver around 10:45 p.m. Nov. 29. The victim, a 20-year DDOT veteran, was briefly hospitalized but discharged that night, according to the Detroit Transit Police.

Trouble started at a BP gas station on the 15400 block of West McNichols, just east of Greenfield, when Lindsey allegedly assaulted women in the area. One woman was stabbed in the neck during the attack.

Prosecutors have not introduced charges related to the alleged stabbing.

At some point during the altercation, Lindsey was shot in his left foot. Police don’t know whether he was shot before or after allegedly stabbing the woman, or who fired the shot.

The suspect then tried to board a bus parked on McNichols, but the driver tried to close the door. Lindsey allegedly forced his way in and demanded to be taken to a hospital. When the driver refused, Linsey allegedly attacked.

A good Samaritan on the bus held the suspect down until police arrived.

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