Man on bus punched in face after defending woman
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for a man accused of harassing a woman on a public bus and then punching another man who came to her defense.
"Three broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung. I'm surprised my nose didn't get broken, but I'm still pretty," said Jimmie Singleton with a laugh.
Singleton has a pretty good attitude considering he was beat up for trying to help a pregnant woman on a Broward County Transit bus.
According to Plantation Police, a man seen on the bus surveillance video, wearing a striped shirt, began to verbally harass a 22-year-old pregnant woman, who was on her way to the doctor's office, on Sept. 17.
The woman, annoyed, got up and sat near 58-year-old Singleton but the harassment continued. Singleton said, at that point, he told the man to be quiet. "I just told him to give it a break, give it a rest, shut up, basically. I wasn't using profanity or anything like that," said Singleton.
The man punched Singleton, who pepper-sprayed him. The beating then continued and Singleton ended up on the floor of the bus, seriously injured. "I wasn't thinking at all except, wow this hurts. I was thinking, Ouch!" he said.
Singleton was hospitalized for eight days.
Police want to find this man and arrest him. "Well, we don't know who he is at this point in time, but we would like to arrest him," said Plantation Police Detective Philip Toman. "No one deserves to get beat up anywhere or on a bus stop, especially under these circumstances."
Singleton said if he was faced with the same situation, he would do it all over again. "Gee ... I would, I don't like to see people getting treated this way, especially people that would be considered underdogs. It's just not my nature to let underdogs get abused," said Singleton.
The suspect was last seen running away from the bus, near the 1700 block of North University Drive.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of this suspect, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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