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Suspect Sought In Muni Station Agent Attack Caught On Video

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A surveillance camera took these photos of man suspected in an assault on a Muni agent at the Van Ness Station in San Francisco on October 10, 2012. Police describe the suspect as a Caucasian male between 25-30, about 6' tall with brown hair. (SFPD)

A surveillance camera took these photos of man suspected in an assault on a Muni agent at the Van Ness Station in San Francisco on October 10, 2012. Police describe the suspect as a Caucasian male between 25-30, about 6′ tall with brown hair. (SFPD)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The San Francisco Police Department is searching for a man suspected in an attack on a Muni station agent last month that was captured on surveillance video.

Police said the attack occurred at the Van Ness station on October 10th. The incident stemmed from the suspect taking his bicycle onto the Muni Metro system, where bicycles are not allowed.

San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said the suspect carried his bicycle over the fare gates and onto the platform. When the station agent followed him, Andraychak said the suspect attacked the agent.

“The station agent is our victim in this case. He’s a 55-year-old male and he attempted to address this issue with the suspect, repeatedly telling him that bicycles are not allowed in the Muni Metro,” Andraychak said.

Municipal Transportation Agency security cameras recorded the attack, Andraychak said. The video shows the attacker kicking the agent.

Police describe the suspect as a Caucasian male between 25 and 30 years of age, about six feet tall with brown hair.

“There [were] witnesses on the platform watching this and if any of those folks have not yet had an opportunity to speak to investigators, we’re asking them to come forward,” he added.

According to police, the station agent was hospitalized following the attack. The agent has since been released, but has not been able to return to work.

John Haley, SFMTA Director of Transit Operations said in a statement, “To have a station agent severely attacked for just doing their job is unconscionable.”

“Our station agents work tirelessly on behalf of our customers and we need the help of our riding public to bring this individual to justice as soon as possible,” Haley said.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department’s Muni Task Force at (415) 832-8338 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. Tips can also be sent via text message to TIP411.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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