Police looking for man who attacked bus driver

Detectives in Bad Homburg are asking members of the public to help them identify a man who is a accused of attacking a bus driver in Oberursel last year.  A court in Frankfurt has given them permission to release pictures taken from the onboard CCTV cameras.

On Thursday, 2nd February, 2017, a man boarded the X27 bus in Ober-Erlenbach at the “Spessartstraße” bus stop at around 6.23am.  The X27 is an express route that connects Karben with Königstein.  He sat down near the front of the bus where he stayed until it reached the “Nassauer Straße” stop in Oberursel around 6.52am.

Shortly after leaving this stop the man got up and went to the 70-year-old bus driver, hitting him in the face with his right fist.  The driver was hit near his right eye.

After this first attack the man went to the rear of the bus and tried to open the emergency exit, which was not possible as the bus was still moving.  He returned to the driver and hit him again in the face a further two times, again hitting his right eye.

The bus driver collapsed, and the assailant managed to open the front door of the bus and run off towards the pedestrian precinct in Oberursel.  The driver was taken to the eye clinic in Frankfurt, where we was operated on.  Further operations followed, but the doctors were unable to prevent him losing the sight in his right eye.  He is now blind on that side.

The man who police are looking for is described as being between 23 and 30 years old, between 1.68m and 1.75m tall, dark or black hair, an athletic and of Mediterranean appearance, right-handed and at the time of the assault he had a beard.  He was wearing a black hat, probably with an “Emporior Armani” logo on it, a dark jacket and trousers, with black “Nike” trainers with the logo on the front rather than on the side.  He was also carrying a black bag.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call 06172 1200.

Do you know this man? (Photo: PD Hochtaunus - Polizeipräsidium Westhessen)

Do you know this man? (Photo: PD Hochtaunus - Polizeipräsidium Westhessen)



About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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