Man arrested in knife assault of female HARTline bus driver

TAMPA — Luis Colon wanted to be the last person on the HART­line bus so he could be alone with its female driver, police said.

Colon sat right behind the driver, then put a knife to her throat.

"Drive," he told her.

As the bus continued from Interbay Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue in Tampa, Colon, 19, sliced his hand with the blade and licked his blood before groping the 45-year-old driver's body and kissing her on the mouth, police said.

Colon then yanked her from the bus at Wallace Avenue and West Shore Boulevard, "essentially keeping her hostage" as he took her to a dark area around 10 p.m. Monday, according to a police incident report.

There, the driver was able to get free, police said. She got away, police said, but not before he punched her in the face.

"She's lucky she didn't have anything more (happen) to her," said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

The driver ran back to her bus; Colon was chasing but didn't catch her.

Police dispatched 12 units, including a canine team, to search for Colon, Davis said. He was caught a short time later.

Online jail records show Colon was charged with carjacking with a deadly weapon, armed kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, lewd and lascivious behavior and battery. Bail was not set.

Casey Cora can be reached at (813) 226-3386 or ccora@sptimes.com.

Man arrested in knife assault of female HARTline bus driver 05/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2008 11:28am]

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