Three teenage boys were arrested Monday morning in connection with an attack on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus driver during a skirmish over transfer slips, a police spokesman said today. The attack happened after the teens boarded a 30-Stockton bus at Clay and Stockton streets at about 6:15 a.m. Monday and asked for transfer slips even though they did not pay, police said. The driver told the teens they could not have the slips without paying, so they exited the rear door of the bus at Columbus Avenue and Union Street, but then got back on the bus through the front door at the same stop, according to police.
The teens tried to pull the transfer slips away from the driver, who pulled them back. At that point, one of the teens struck the driver in the head with a skateboard, and all three then fled without the transfers, police said. The bus driver complained of pain and was taken to St. Francis Memorial Hospital, police Officer Albie Esparza said today. Officers responding to the attack found the juveniles a short time later at Powell and Francisco streets.
All three were positively identified and arrested, police said. The boy who allegedly wielded the skateboard, a 15-year-old from San Leandro, was booked at juvenile hall on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery, and conspiracy. A second teen, a 16-year-old San Francisco resident, was booked on suspicion of attempted robbery and conspiracy, and the third, a 16-year-old from San Mateo, was booked on an outstanding warrant, police said. The names of the teens are not being released because they are juveniles.
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