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Passenger Stabs NYC Bus Dispatcher

January 28, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ A dispatcher at the midtown bus terminal was stabbed twice in the back Sunday by a passenger he had told not to eat aboard a commuter bus, police said.

The passenger, Jose Perez, 21, threw his fast food at the dispatcher and then stabbed him with a knife, police spokesman Detective Edward Reuss said.

He was caught by police after he ran off the bus and into a subway station, police said.

The 35-year-old dispatcher was hospitalized in stable condition. His identity was withheld because his family hadn’t been notified.

Perez, of Union City, N.J., was charged with second-degree assault. It was uncertain Sunday whether he had retained a lawyer. There was no published telephone number for him at the address given by police.

The stabbing occurred about 6 a.m. on a Bergen Line bus parked outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, about three blocks from Times Square.

No other injuries were reported. It was unclear how many people were on the bus.

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