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Police are searching for two women after video showing bus driver being attacked in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police are searching for two women after a video went viral showing a bus driver being attacked in St. Louis.

Police said the 47-year-old bus driver was assaulted after a woman boarded the school bus at 9th Street and O’Fallon in north St. Louis while students were being let off. The victim and suspect reportedly got into a verbal argument, during which the suspect hit the bus driver with a stick, according to police.

The suspect and another woman then allegedly pulled the bus driver, Patrula Griffin, off the vehicle and began hitting her multiple times in the face, head and body.

Before police arrived, both suspects left the area.

A video posted to Facebook Thursday night apparently showed the assault. It is currently unknown where the original video was posted but it has been shared and spread throughout social media, raking up thousands of comments.

Griffin was reportedly taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Bus driver recounts incident

Friday morning, Griffin spoke to News 4 and said she picked up an extra route prior to the assault. She said the route she picked up has been problematic for drivers recently. 

Griffin said two girls, who appeared to be 9 or 10 years old, got into a fight on the back of the bus. She also said after separating the two, one of the girls refused to sit down and more fights began to break out on the bus.

“The child that was aggressor – when she got home to her mother, because she got off the bus, she lied to her mother when she got home. She said I pulled her off the bus and I had told another child to jump on her,” Griffin explained, adding that this is an ongoing problem on that route daily. Griffin said on the day before her incident, she heard another driver on the radio say the kids were acting aggressively.

Griffin said the first suspect who was seen on video attacking her called her “every name in the book” and then punched her in the face.

Girffin showed News 4 cuts and bruises she sustained in the attack but said she knew God was in control and she is okay. 

“If it hadn’t have been me, it would have been somebody else. I do truly forgive them for what they have done,” she said.

School sends letter home addressing attack

Friday morning, KIPP Victory Academy sent a letter to families addressing the incident: 

We are reaching out to let you know about an incident that occurred last night on First Student bus route 8166, transporting KIPP Victory Academy students. During a drop off of students, a video was taken of a family member boarding the bus and attacking the driver. We were made aware of the incident by First Student.

The safety of our students is our first priority. As we do in all matters of student safety, we responded swiftly and thoroughly, according to our policies and procedures, which were appropriately followed in this instance.

We take student matters very seriously and are looking into this isolated incident. Because this is an active police investigation, we cannot comment on the specifics of this event.

At KIPP, we know that it takes our parents, staff, and children working together towards our scholars’ success. We care about every child in our buildings, and we want to work with you on any issues that might arise. Please come to us if there is anything you would like to discuss and thank you to those who have reached out to express your sympathy and support.

The police investigation is ongoing.

Source: KMOV4

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Nine shot, multiple killed at family gathering in Fresno, California

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According to NBCNEWS At least nine people were shot, several of them fatally, when someone opened fire on a backyard family gathering in Fresno, California, on Sunday night, police said.

No further information was immediately available, including the number of people who were killed. An unspecified number of other victims were listed in critical condition at hospitals.

Police Lt. Bill Dooley said that no suspect or suspects had been identified in the shooting in southeast Fresno, which came as the family and friends were watching a football game in the backyard when one or more people sneaked in and began shooting.

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13-year-old sexually assaulted in broad daylight while checking mail at apartment complex

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According to ABCNEWS Houston Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the man they say sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl at her apartment complex in broad daylight.

On Aug. 31, authorities say an unknown man entered the teenager’s apartment complex located in the 6200 block of Antoine Street and raped her.

During Monday’s press conference, HPD detective Vanessa Garcia said the teen was waiting on mail in a common area of her apartment building when the assault happened.

Surveillance video shows the man pacing around the apartment building before attacking the 13-year-old.

“I do believe, based on the facts, that he is a member of the community,” Garcia said. “He was very bold to sexually assault her at 1 p.m. when people were walking by. Someone could have seen something.”

“I don’t feel protected over here,” said Mae Terry, a resident of the complex who got a notice about the assault on her door. “I really want to move because my grandmother is bed ridden, and we don’t have any protection here. What if he tried to break in? My grandma can’t move.”

Terry believes the man looks like someone who frequently visits one of the nearby corner stores. However, because the assault happened on Aug. 31, and residents are just now seeing the video, she worries that the man may have already left the area.

Investigators believe the man may have been watching the teenager for a while before attacking her.

“The male was watching her and had been watching her for a while. When she was alone, he saw the opportunity to grab her and brutally sexually assault her,” Garcia said.

Authorities described the suspect as a black male, wearing long pants and a muscle shirt, with a thin build, and facial hair.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You can also make an anonymous tip online at www.Crime-Stoppers.org.

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Tickets for Kanye West ‘Sunday Service’ selling online for up to $500

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If you were able to get a free ticket, you’re in luck, if not, tickets which are sold out at Ticketmaster, are now going for up to $500.

People also posted ads on Craigslist, selling tickets for up to $200.

West is set to attend the 11 a.m. service in the auditorium for a conversation with Pastor Joel Osteen on West’s faith journey and overcoming adversity.

Following that, West will hold his own Sunday Service at Lakewood at 7 p.m.

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