A 26-year-old man is in police custody this evening after allegedly attacking the driver of a Greyhound bus while the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 through Vail. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at mile marker 173.
According to witness reports, one of the 45 passengers on the bus, identified as Ro Tin, a Burmese citizen en route to Michigan, reportedly approached the driver of the Denver-bound bus by climbing underneath the plastic partition that divides the driver from the passenger compartment of the bus. Unprovoked, the suspect allegedly began hitting the arms and hands of the driver. The driver, a 50-year-old female, was able to safely bring the bus to a stop on the side of the road.
Several alert passengers responded to the driver’s aid and restrained the suspect as the man allegedly fought with other riders. The Vail Public Safety Communications Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting the disturbance. Upon arrival, Vail police placed the suspect into custody without incident. Eagle County Paramedic Services responded and treated and released the driver and transported the suspect to Vail Valley Medical Center. He was treated and released for injuries sustained during the struggle with passengers. No other passengers were injured.
Tin has been charged with endangering transportation, a class 3 felony; third degree assault, a class 1 misdemeanor; reckless endangerment, a class 3 misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a class 3 misdemeanor. The suspect is being held on a $15,000 bond at the Eagle County jail.
Note: Person’s charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Contact: Sgt. Justin Dill, 970-479-2200
Vail Police Department