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Deputies: Man aboard broken bus on 395 Freeway in Adelanto accused of making threat, chasing mechanic with tire thumper

By in Press Enterprise on February 3, 2018

By Jeff Horseman

A broken-down bus in Adelanto became the focus of an irate man accused of forcing passengers off, running after a mechanic while wielding a tire thumper and injuring the bus driver, San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies said.

The Victor Valley Transit bus broke down Thursday, Feb. 1, on Highway 395 at Seneca Road north of the Crossroads shopping center when Robert Sutton, 57, of Los Angeles, approached it around 12:02 p.m., according to a sheriff’s news release.

“(Sutton) started yelling at the passengers, bus driver, and mechanic who was working on repairing the bus,” the release read. “Sutton then entered the bus and began verbally assaulting and threatening the passengers.

“The bus driver picked up a tire thumper and told Sutton to leave the passengers alone and get off the bus,” the release read. “Sutton became more agitated and physically removed the tire thumper from the bus driver, injuring her hand and arm.

“Sutton ordered all the passengers off the bus. He then exited and began chasing the mechanic down the street with the tire thumper.”

Sutton was arrested without incident and booked into the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto on $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Deputy Sean Byrne, 760-552-6800

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