Updated 09/24/2012 11:07 PM
Brooklyn Bus Driver Stabbed With Syringe Aboard His Vehicle
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Police in Brooklyn were searching Monday for a person who they say stabbed a city bus driver with a syringe that morning.
Investigators say B68 driver Mark Anthony Salandy, 30, was at Greenwood Avenue and Prospect Park Southwest in Windsor Terrace around 11 a.m. when he felt a pain and called 911.
The alleged stabber is seen above in a police sketch.
Police say Salandy did not bleed, but he was taken to Methodist Hospital for observation.
He left without talking to reporters, but his mother did. She did not want to be identified but said the attack was unprovoked.
"You don't know what's going to happen, now he's got to through this for the next six months," she said. "He has to be on medication, he has to get blood tests and stuff. I mean, it's really upsetting."
Salandy's mother fears the syringe might have been infected with HIV or hepatitis.
The bus driver had just gotten engaged and his fiancee also rushed to the hospital.
"He was just doing his job and now our whole lives are upside down," said Salandy's fiancee.
Just last Friday, a bus driver in the Bronx was punched in the face.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says through the end of August there were 61 assaults against bus drivers, not including spitting. That is 3 percent more than last August.
Salandy's bus had neither cameras nor partitions.
Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen says only 650 of the 5,900 buses in the fleet have been retro-fitted with partitions, nearly three years after the program started.
"Bus operators refusing to call board buses because they're too dangerous would be a legitimate expression of our outrage. It's getting to that point," said Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen.
MTA officials say they are working to install security partitions and claim the bus drivers' union is responsible for the slowdowns, by not approving the partition designs needed for the 14 different types of buses.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.