A Brooklyn bus driver says that he’s afraid to return to work after he was slashed in the face while on the job.
“I’m concerned about going back,” John Browne, 43, told the New York Daily News. “I could have lost my life. I have a family.”
The incident occurred on Saturday night in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn around 10:45 p.m. The father of seven stood outside of his B35 bus and waited for mechanical assistance after his bus broke down. Around that time, a man and woman exited a car nearby. The man, who was under the impression that Browne was checking out his girlfriend, yelled, “What are you looking at?” Browne said.
“He kept walking towards me, saying, ‘I’m talking to you. What the eff are you looking at?’” the shaken transit worker continued.
The incident quickly escalated and in no time, the man was in his face.
“At first I thought he had punched me. I felt the blood coming down and people started yelling, ‘He has a knife!’” Brown said.
The man fled the scene; however, Browne says that he was able to grab ahold of the man’s girlfriend until officers arrived on the scene. The woman, who Browne says smelled of alcohol, refused to divulge the identity of his attacker. Browne was later transported to Brookdale Hospital, where he received stitches for the six-inch gashed he sustained during the attack. When he does return to work, the husband and father is contemplating requesting a day shift.
“Driving is my passion, my dream,” he said. “Most people I drive are good people. This was just random.”
Unfortunately, his attacker is still on the loose.