|Updated: 5/16 10:58 pm
||Published: 5/16 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