A 40-year-old Burnaby man is in custody after allegedly sexually assaulting a bus driver while she was operating the vehicle last week.
Transit Police say the Mohammed Sahib repeatedly approached the driver, asking her questions and offering candy.
Then, as the bus was arriving at Production Way SkyTrain station, they allege he reached his hand between her legs and began fondling her.
They say the bus driver pushed his hand away, pulled the alarm and continued to drive along the bus loop.
The man then got off the bus and walked into the station.
Not long after, he was taken into custody at Moody Station.
Mohammed Sahib has been charged with Sexual Assault.
In a statement, Transit Police Chief Doug LePard says “I commend this bus operator for her presence of mind in an extremely difficult situation.”
He adds “By calmly alerting the communications centre and maintaining control of her multi-ton moving vehicle, she ensured the safety of her passengers, pedestrians and other motorists in the area. She provided us with an excellent description of the suspect, in a timely manner, which allowed us to effect a quick arrest.”
Sahib next appears in court on January 30th.
Transit Police say in 2016, there were 101 assaults on bus drivers.