N.M. man arrested for assaulting Greyhound bus driver in Glenwood | PostIndependent.com

N.M. man arrested for assaulting Greyhound bus driver in Glenwood

A New Mexico man is in the Garfield County Jail after he allegedly beat a Greyhound bus driver with a steel padlock at the Glenwood Springs bus station.

According to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson, several police officers responded to the Tomahawk Truck Stop in West Glenwood around 3 p.m. Thursday on a report that a man who had just gotten off the Greyhound bus had a gun. The truck stop serves as the local Greyhound bus station.

A gun was not found, Wilson said. However Agapito Valencia, 48, of Albuquerque, N.M. was arrested on felony assault charges for allegedly attacking the bus driver using a large steel padlock, Wilson said.

According to incident reports, Valencia approached the bus driver at some point before arriving in Glenwood Springs asking questions about the next stop. When the driver reportedly indicated he didn’t understand the question, Valencia allegedly started yelling “racial epithets,” both at the driver and passengers on the bus.

When they got to Glenwood, Valencia allegedly followed the bus driver into the restroom and began hitting him in the face with the padlock. He also wouldn’t allow him to dial police on his cell phone, according to the reports.

In addition to the felony assault charge, Valencia also faces a misdemeanor charge of harassment involving racial intimidation, obstruction of telephone services and criminal tampering.

An ambulance was called for the bus driver, whom Wilson said may have had a fractured face. He was uncertain if the victim was taken to the hospital.

Valencia remained in the Garfield County Jail on Friday with bond set at $15,000.

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