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Man beats senior citizen on bus over comment

October 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities say a man beat and kicked a senior citizen on a public bus because the victim criticized him for being rude to a woman passenger. The elderly victim survived. Police consider the suspect very dangerous.

Bernhardt Darko, 28, is accused of brutally beating an elderly man on a Santa Clarita bus October 5. Detectives say the suspect rudely cut in front of a female passenger to get on the bus as she was getting off. They say the elderly victim politely asked Darko to show more respect.

"The victim defending the female's honor made a statement, a verbal statement, toward the suspect regarding politeness," said L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Joshua Dubin.

Investigators say Darko screamed at the elderly man and launched into him with multiple blows.

"The suspect during the violent attack head-butted the victim, struck the victim in the face with his fist, and kicked him in the face repeatedly," said Dubin. "After the violent attack took place, the suspect fled the scene but continued his rage, walked around the bus, head-butted the window of the bus from the outside three more times to intimidate the victim."

Authorities say the victim was treated for numerous bloody bumps and bruises and was released from the hospital.

Police are actively seeking Darko. He is considered violent and dangerous. Anyone with information related to the case should contact Los Angeles Regional County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.


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