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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Investigators released a picture of the suspect in the attack of a metro bus driver in Maplewood Wednesday.  Now they have a suspect in custody.

Police have arrested Uriyah Reed, 31, in connection with the assault.  He is being charged with assault 2nd degree and property damage 1st degree.  Both crimes are felonies.

Police say the driver was on his route when at least one man, or possibly two got on the bus. Witnesses say the men demanded the driver hand over bus transfers.

When he refused he was attacked and beaten before the vehicle crashed into a bus stop.  Investigators  say he punched the Metro bus driver in the head and the body.  This caused a subconjunctival hemorrhage, a zygomatic arch fracture, and a laceration on the upper lip requiring stitches.

The accident caused an estimated $750 in damage to a bus shelter.