Bus rider reportedly doused fellow passengers with gasoline

A Kansas woman allegedly doused passengers on a Metro bus with gasoline early Monday morning, according to the Wichita Eagle.  

The incident occurred while aboard a Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Metro bus at 5:30 a.m., according to Capt. Tye Grant, a spokesman for Kansas City police.

“She got upset with a guy sitting in a seat. It’s unclear whether he was where she wanted to sit or where she normally sits,”  Grant told the Eagle.

The woman then pulled a water bottle containing gasoline and began pouring it on the man, according to Grant.  Other passengers on the bus were also sprayed with gasoline.

A spokeswoman for the authority, Cindy Baker, stated that the woman then pulled out a match. It was not clear whether she tried to light it.

Grant told the Eagle that he wasn’t aware of the match and police did not have any indication whether the woman tried to set the gasoline on fire. Passengers then ran to subdue the woman.

At the time of the incident, there were a dozen passengers aboard the bus. Emergency crews were able to clean them up and none were reported injured.

After complaining of stomach pains, the woman was escorted to a local hospital.  

The police intend to charge the woman with six counts of assault, Grant told the Eagle.

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