Charges filed against two suspects in KCATA bus driver attack

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police pored through tips on Thursday while the search for two suspects involved in a violent attack on a Kansas City ATA bus driver continued.

On Thursday night, two suspects were arrested, one a juvenile and one adult.

On Friday, police released the name of the adult as Lewis Perkins but did not release the name of the 14-year-old involved.

They are both charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action.

Court documents show the two were identified and arrested after the mother of one of the accused saw their faces on TV.

The driver of the bus is still recovering at home after he was stabbed with a knife several times in the torso on Saturday and does not want to be named or appear on camera.

The KCATA said they are looking at updating security for the drivers but does not advise passengers to get involved.

"We're going to review the situation and we're going to do some role playing. We're going to do some retraining. We're also going to look at other organizations for best practices," Director of Transportation at KCATA Sam Desue said.

A bus driver's union spokesperson said in the past they have tried to pass legislation that would have increased the penalty of hurting a bus driver to a felony, but the bill was vetoed.

"Police, train operators, plane operators, they are all protected who carry people. Well this legislation would make it a felony to attack any bus operator in Kansas City, St. Louis or throughout the state of Missouri," J.P. Walker, President of the Amalgamated Local Transit Union Local, said.

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