Vicious assault on MTA bus driver

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The NYPD is on the hunt for the man who repeatedly punched an MTA bus driver after he refused to give him a free ride.

The attack happened at Merrick Boulevard and 220th Street in Laurelton, Queens on Dec. 14 at about 11:40 p.m.  The NYPD released an image of the suspect.  He was wearing a red hoodie and blue sweatpants with white stripes. 

The 32-year-old driver in the attack was listed in stable condition at a nearby Franklin General Hospital after the attack. Assaulting an MTA employee is a felony and can get you up to seven years behind bars.

The suspect is described by police as black, approximately 20-24 years old, 6 feet tall, about 185 lbs.   He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, blue sweat pants with white stripes going down the side and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. The NYPD says all calls/texts are strictly confidential.