by Charles Lemos, Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 05:03:29 PM EDT
This afternoon at 2:25 PM and for the third time in my life I was assaulted. What is striking about this attack on me compared to the other assaults I have suffered is how random it was. I was on the 26 Valencia bus line heading into the Mission District. I was reading as I nearly always do when I am on public transit. I didn't even notice when my assailant boarded and occupied the seat behind me. But as soon as he sat behind me he started muttering some incoherent nonsense laced with expletives. He then started to poke me in my right shoulder.
I whipped around and blurted out, "Stop touching me."
It was then I noticed he was drunk. I could smell the alcohol. And of course, he didn't stop his harassment. Instead, he poked me again muttering that he was going to follow me off the bus. The passenger in the seat in front of me then told me to inform the bus driver.
I got up and headed to the front of the bus where I told the bus driver about the harassment to which I was being subjected. She pulled over on the corner of 21st and Valencia looked back and asked me to point him out. I did. At which point, he leapt from his seat and charged down the aisle yelling god knows what. I braced but he stopped short and then threw two punches at me the second landing squarely on my jaw where I now have a bruise.
My assailant is a Hispanic male, five feet five, perhaps 270 pounds with short cropped hair. After landing his blows, he jumped off the bus and took off down 21st Street. The bus driver called the police and MUNI emergency services.