Tulsa Transit bus driver stabbed with pen

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Updated: 5/16/2013 10:58 pm Published: 5/16/2013 5:08 pm

A Tulsa transit driver was stabbed in the arm while on a route Wednesday night.
The attack happened in the 100 block of W. Newton in North Tulsa.
A rider tells FOX23 News he saw Jack Stipp, 51, grip a ballpoint pen and at that point he knew there would be trouble.

"The whole ride he kept shaking, looking back at us, looking more and more anxious," said Angel Vazquez.

Before the bus ride as Vazquez and his girlfriend were waiting for the bus, there was a confrontation with Stipp.

"He came up to me and put his arm to me and started asking me ‘Are you police, are you a cop, I've been shot at on the bus,’” said Vazquez.

He says that startled him.

"I pushed him off and said back off," said Vazquez.

When they got on the bus his girlfriend Diana O’Connor warned the driver.

"The bus driver said if anything happens we will call police, "said O'Connor.

The couple says while Stipp was on the bus other passengers tried to calm him down.

"The whole bus ride he his eyes were huge,” said O'Connor.

His verbal threats made everyone feel uncomfortable and the driver took notice and got on the intercom.

"She would tell him ‘calm down, there is no trouble,’” said Vazquez.

However, when he saw Stipp's hand grip on the pen, "He had the pen like he was ready to stab someone."

As the bus approached the stop, riders jumped in to help. Vazquez says he saw Stipp grip a ballpoint. 

"He acted like he was going to get off the bus and then he turned around and shouted 'you're working with them' and started stabbing her," said Vazquez. "She protected herself and put her arms up and that's where the majority of the stabbing was."

Police say the pen went through her arm.

"There were eight guys that ran up to get him off of her," said O'Connor.

The couple says the passengers kept him there until police arrived.

"Now we have to worry about are we going to make it home, is someone going to attack us, is someone going to snap?" says O'Conner.

They tell FOX23 News they would like tighter security.

"It's just really scary because you don't know what people have on the bus. He could have had a gun; I don't think we would be here," said Vazquez.

Debbie Ruggles, assistant general manager for Tulsa Transit, says this is very rare incident. They can't afford a security officer on every bus but there are surveillance cameras on every bus. She also says drivers can trigger a button and call police immediately, which she says happened in this incident.

Ruggles says the driver is out of the hospital and recovering from her wounds and they are supporting her needs.

FOX23 News requested the surveillance video from inside the bus. Ruggles says once the investigation is complete, Tulsa Transit will considering releasing the video

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coomer - 5/21/2013 5:46 PM
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there have been numerous attacks on drivers. Tulsa Transit does not prosecute, in fact they don't even have a picture book of the troublemakers that the drivers can be on the lookout for. The rider continues to ride the transit system after the attack with the drivers unaware of the potential danger to them or other passengers. Ask any driver they will tell you the real story.

Mayor Maynot - 5/18/2013 1:35 AM
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WyoMo ///\\\get real :-) It sounds more like he ran out of meds and he flipped out o. The way to see the doctor. It could be like that ... Abilify paxilprolixin or the millions who suffer from tartive diskenisia as the side effect from lithium therapy. Let's find out what really happened before you slander this person or other innocents who may be in a similar condition. Cancer voodoo witch doctors are merciful :-( they give you enough of their cocktail to kill you in three days. Of course all bought and paid for by your health ? Care provider

WyoMoe - 5/17/2013 9:15 AM
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Unfortunately this incident is most likely caused by drugs. We can expect this type of behavior to continue until we all get involved and rid our city of as much illegal drugs and drug dealers as possible. Get Involved.
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