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Bus drivers attacked by teen at Langley bus loop

Monique Tamminga

Times Reporter

A Langley teen faces serious charges after what appears to be a drunken rampage which included trying to assault several bus drivers and stab other people  at the Langley City bus loop on May 3.

Police say the 18-year-old man was a passenger on a shuttle bus destined for the Langley bus loop from Willowbrook Shopping Centrel.

He appeared to be intoxicated when he boarded the bus around 4 p.m. and passed out en route to the bus loop, allege police.

The bus driver anticipated she would likely have an issue with the sleeping teen so she was met by another bus driver when they arrived at the bus loop.

Both drivers approached the drunken teen and asked him to leave the bus. He started swinging his fists at both of them, said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks.

"Fortunately, both were able to avoid getting hit," said Marks.

It's alleged that the suspect then exited the bus where a number of transit users had gathered.

Police allege he produced a knife and attempted to stab one of the bus patrons.

Once again, he did not injure his target.

"A random vehicle arrived at the loop and two males exited.  One of the men kicked the knife out of his hand," said Marks.  The other man retrieved the knife and both got into their vehicle and drove off, said Marks.

Now, apparently unarmed, the suspect tried to board another shuttle bus.

"When the driver refused him service, he took another swing – thankfully, another unlanded punch," she said.

Police arrived and Lance James Flegel was arrested. He has been charged with assault, assault with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.  He appeared in Surrey Provincial Court on Wednesday. He has been held in jail.

“We are very alive to the potential for danger to the bus drivers and take these investigations very seriously.  We are extremely happy that no one was hurt in this instance," said Langley RCMP Insp. Murray Power.

This attack comes after a spat of vicious, and unprovoked attacks on bus drivers in the past few months.

On April 2, a bus driver was punched in the face while driving in the Newton area of Surrey. In March, three young women punched and dragged the driver by her hair in an unprovoked attack in Vancouver.

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