Metro Transit Police are trying to identify a woman threw hot soup on a Metrobus driver after refusing to pay bus fare, a spokesperson for Metro says.
The woman boarded a 96 bus at the Benning Road station early Sunday morning and when the driver told her she would need to pay the fare she responded, "F*** you. I'm not paying anything," according to Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel. She then boarded the bus and told the operator she would spit on him upon leaving.
About 20 minutes later, the bus arrived to Union Station, where the woman exited the bus and threw hot soup at the driver, Stessel said. She ran eastbound on Massachusetts Avenue NE.
Metro said the bus had a protective plexiglass shield around the operator.
It is not known if the driver was injured.
Police are asking anyone who can identify the woman pictured above to call (301) 955-5000 or text MyMTPD.
Stessel said overall, assaults on bus drivers are down this year about 14 percent, with 62 assaults so far this year. Last year at this time there were 72 assaults, Stessel said.