MTA officials seek 5 after assault on bus

December 15, 2007|By Sun staff

The Maryland Transit Administration has released pictures of five men its police force wants to interview in connection with an assault this week on a Route No. 64 bus.

Jawauna Greene, an MTA spokeswoman, said the pictures were captured by a video surveillance camera aboard the bus Monday night and Tuesday morning.

The assault follows a high-profile attack that is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Greene said a group of four to six black males boarded the bus at 11:57 p.m. Monday at Sixth and Hanover streets in Brooklyn. She said the group began acting "rowdy" toward other passengers - both black and white.

Eventually, the group exchanged words with two other passengers, Patrick Green and Robert Rothe, two white men from Baltimore, and later assaulted them, the spokeswoman said.

At some point, she said, the fight spilled off the bus onto the street.

Green, described as in his 30s, and Rothe, in his 40s, were not seriously injured, the spokeswoman said.

She also said that MTA Police have yet to determine whether a racial motivation was involved.

On Dec. 4, a 26-year-old white woman was severely beaten by a group of African-American middle school students in North Baltimore. Her boyfriend was also beaten.

Anyone with information about this week's case can call MTA Police at 410-454-7720.

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