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Suspect charged with assault in bus driver attack

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A 23-year-old Winnipeg man is in custody in connection with a widely-publicized attack on a city transit driver in September.

Dwight John Stevenson, 23, is charged with assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats for allegedly attacking the driver, 50, on Sept. 14 at a stop near William Avenue and Isabel Street.

Police said a man boarded the bus without paying and demanded a transfer. When he didn't get it, he "repeatedly" assaulted the driver, causing non-life-threatening injuries.

Stevenson was arrested early Thursday morning on Selkirk Avenue, and faces an aggravated assault charge for an attack on a man while armed with a bat, court records show.

At the time the bus driver was assaulted, Stevenson was bound by a year-long supervised probation order he garnered after being convicted of assault in October 2012.

He also served 60 days in jail for that crime. The probation order has since expired, and he is not currently facing breach charges.

In an effort to try to find a suspect for the transit attack, police circulated photos and a video of the incident. Police said Thursday it furthered their investigation and was viewed on YouTube more than 40,000 times.

Stevenson is presumed innocent of the charges he faces. He was due to make an in-custody administrative court appearance Friday morning and has not yet applied for bail.

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Updated on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8:33 PM CDT: Tweaks copy regarding date of initial incident.

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