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Ithaca TCAT driver punched, spit on by intoxicated riders

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On Wednesday around 9:48 p.m. officers were dispatched to East Green Street for the report of a dispute between a TCAT bus driver and two passengers.

It was reported that the two passengers were fleeing from the area, heading west with the TCAT driver following them.

A short time later, the TCAT driver was located on West Green Street. The driver reported that he asked two intoxicated and belligerent passengers to get off the bus due to a disruption they were causing. The driver then said that both passengers were getting off the bus when one of them punched him in the face. The other spit on him.

Using descriptions provided by the driver, identified as the victim, the suspects were located and charged with harassment.

The two suspects were identified as 44-year-old Terence Johnson of Ithaca, and 22-year-old Umeek Adams, of Ithaca.

Adams is accused of spitting on the bus driver, while Johnson is accused of punching the driver in the face.

Both were issued appearance tickets. Witnesses are sought as the investigation into the incident continues.