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Tampa Man Charged With Murder After Allegedly Slitting Bus Driver’s Throat

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Authorities have yet to identify a motive behind a Tampa man’s alleged fatal slashing of a local bus driver last week.

Hillsborough authorities say the 35-year-old man was riding a public bus on Nebraska Avenue just south of Linebaugh when he had a brief interaction with the bus’s driver. They say he invoked Divine blessing upon the driver twice just before he produced a sharp object and drew it across the bus driver’s neck.

Police say the act, which was captured on the bus’s video and audio surveillance system, severed both arteries in his neck. The victim brought the bus to a stop despite the wound, at which point his alleged assailant fled the vehicle. The bus driver quickly bled out, expiring at the scene.

Meanwhile, the defendant allegedly made his escape on foot. Authorities say they caught up with him later along the shoulder of I-275, apprehending him after a brief foot pursuit.

The Florida native was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on Sunday on one count of first-degree murder and one count of resisting officers without violence. He continues to be held without bond.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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