muni_driver.jpgA San Francisco Municipal Railway bus driver was struck in the head with a cane by an angry passenger in the city’s Mission District on Tuesday night, a police spokesman said today.

Denvie Coleman, 57, was arrested on suspicion of the assault, which was reported at about 10 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 16th and Mission streets, police spokesman Sgt. Daryl Fong said.

The 45-year-old bus driver had apparently stopped at the intersection to allow passengers to enter and exit the vehicle, and Coleman became irate because people were coming in the front entrance before he was able to get out, Fong said.

Once he made his way out of the bus, Coleman then allegedly blocked the vehicle, struck its front windshield twice with his cane, then came around and struck the bus driver with the cane through her open window, according to Fong.

Officers arrived and arrested Coleman, a San Francisco resident, on suspicion of aggravated assault and for an outstanding warrant from another county, Fong said.

The bus driver suffered a contusion on her forehead and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for evaluation.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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