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Bus Driver Arrested for Beating 67-Year-Old Woman

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A Regional Transportation Commission para-bus driver working for a contracted private company allegedly attacked an older woman on the bus he was driving.

It happened in North Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Apparently the woman questioned if bus driver Alfred Setian knew how to get to the Doolittle Senior Center and the argument escalated.

The para-bus service is for people with physical or mental disabilities.

The woman is 67-years-old and requested the bus from her home to the senior center. “It started out as a verbal argument as the bus driver was driving. At some point, he made that decision to pull the bus over,” said North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon.

The police report says Setian pulled the bus over in the 300 block of Carey Avenue and told the woman to get out. She was already on her cell phone to the RTC complaining that the driver didn't know the right way to the community center. The woman refused to get off the bus and then called 911.

The report says Setian walked back to the 67-year-old woman and punched her in the face. He then grabbed her phone and hit her with it, breaking the phone.

The 911 operator heard him say he's dealt with this for 10 years and no more.

North Las Vegas Police arrested Setian for battery with an elderly enhancement.

The RTC immediately requested that he not drive any more. “The drivers are actually employees of our private contractors. However, we do have the ability to prohibit a driver from driving for us if there are any issues. That is what we have done in this case,” said Tracy Bower with the RTC.

The driver works for First Transit. The company released a statement saying, "We regret that this incident occurred and extend our sincerest apologizes to the passenger."

The company says they immediately fired the driver. He had been with them for 10 years and never had any previous problems.

The victim was treated on the scene and will be fine.