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Suspect in Dec. 6 attack on Winnipeg Transit driver is shown in photo.

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Suspect in Dec. 6 attack on Winnipeg Transit driver is shown in photo.

Police are again turning to the public for help in bringing justice to a Winnipeg Transit driver recently confronted by an unruly passenger and threatened with violence.

Investigators probing the driver's alarming experience released photos Wednesday of a rider on a downtown bus who they say threatened him and made off with his property.

"This is an individual who goes to work every day and provides a service for our citizens... The abuse (he) did take is not something we're going to tolerate," Det.-Sgt. Natalie Aitken said Wednesday.

Police circulated photos of the suspect in the Dec. 6 evening incident at Graham Avenue and Donald Street internally, but that didn't generate any successful leads, Aitken said.

The driver wasn't injured and the personal property the suspect grabbed from him before taking off on foot was dropped and recovered, police said.

It's the second time in recent months a Winnipeg Transit-related incident has made headlines.

Last fall, police released bus surveillance video of a violent, unprovoked attack on a 50-year-old bus driver in hopes of shaking tips loose.

Just weeks and more than 40,000 video views later, they made an arrest.

Dwight Stevenson, 23, faces charges of uttering threats and assault causing bodily harm.

Court records show Stevenson was granted bail Dec. 24 to go live at a residential treatment facility in St. Norbert.

Prosecutors opposed his release, but requested a publication ban on details of the case until it concludes or a trial is held.

Stevenson is currently wanted for failing to stay at the facility as required by his bail conditions and also for failing to turn up in court on Feb. 11.

He also faces an aggravated-assault charge in an unrelated attack on a 45-year-old man on Oct. 31.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 13, 2014 A6

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