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LPD: Citibus driver assaulted after man refused to wear mask on bus

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Glenn Shephard, 36 Glenn Shephard, 36
LUBBOCK, Texas -

A Citibus driver is injured after police say a man assaulted her with a 2x4 piece of wood when he was asked to wear a mask while on the bus. 

Police responded to a civil disturbance near 34th and Orlando Ave. Thursday afternoon. 

The driver told police after Shonn Shepard, 36, was told he needed to wear a mask he returned to his seat and began gathering his belongings. Police say the driver used the radio to call for assistance when Shepard became angry and struck her one time with the piece of wood as he walked towards the front of the bus. The victim told police she was struck on the right arm. 

The driver told Shepard to get off the bus when police say, after getting off, he walked backed towards the bus and started using the 2x4 to break multiple mirrors and windows. The victim told officers Shepard approached the driver side where she was seated and shattered the window. The driver sustained several lacerations to the back of the head from the shattered glass, according to police. The driver was treated by EMS on scene.

The driver told police she saw Shepard run eastbound down 34th Street. When officers attempted to detain Shepard, they say he ran westbound through an alley. Police met Shepard on the southwest corner of a building on 34th, where they say he was holding the piece of wood. Investigators say the 2x4 was covered with "what appeared to be a significant amount of fresh blood."

A police report indicates the responding officer drew his handgun, pointed it at Shepard and verbally demanded he lay on the ground. Police say Shepard hesitated before eventually dropping the 2x4 and sitting on the ground where he was arrested. 

Citibus General Manager Chris Mandrell said the driver is doing OK.

"I spoke with her a couple times after the incident, she's doing OK. She's recovering, and we're fortunate that this wasn't worse than what it was," Mandrell said.

Although the police report shows the incident began over a mask, he said Shepard was already wearing a mask when he got on the bus, and it is not clear what set him off.

"He was on the vehicle, had been riding from our plaza. We got to 34th and Orlando, something did kind of set him off. The driver did ask him if was doing ok, and then he started berating our driver verbally, which turned into a little bit more a physical situation," Mandrell said.

Safety is top priority for both drivers and passengers, he said. Citibus is in the process of installing driver barriers on ever bus. Mandrell said this has been in the works for several months prior to this incident.

"This is a very rare occurrence. It's not something that happens frequently, but we are trying to do what we can to try to mitigate future instances like this," Mandrell said.

Shepard is charged with aggravated assault, two counts of criminal mischief and evading on foot. 

Police say Shepard caused nearly $2,500 worth of damage to the bus. Citibus advised security footage from inside the bus will be available at a later date. 

 

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