MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies responded to several incidents on the Milwaukee County Transit System. The incidents began around 4:00 p.m. Monday.
Around 4:00 p.m. deputies arrested a 50-year-old man for delivering and selling THC to a woman at a bus shelter. The woman was 26 years old and was with her 7-year-old daughter. Both adults were taken into custody while the child was referred to Child Protective Services. The 26-year-old mother faces charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance-THC and Child Neglect. The man was arrested for Possession with Intent to Deliver-THC, within 1000 feet from a school.
Between 7:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. deputies responded to three other incidents.
Five high school students, including several females and a male, were involved in a fight and arrested on a bus at 91st and Fond du Lac Avenue. The fight broke out after a male student sprayed other students and passengers on the bus with pepper spray. The male student who used the pepper spray faces Felony Battery to Transit Passenger and Disorderly Conduct While Armed charges. The student was turned over to the Juvenile Justice Center. Three others face felony charges for Battery to Transit Passenger and were turned over to CCF-C.
At 35th and Hampton, freeway squads responded to an incident involving subjects throwing rocks at a bus and a passenger kicking out a window. The passenger is faced with Criminal Damage to Property charges.
The last incident involved a fight between three men who knew each other. The fight occurred at 35th and Highland. The victim refused medical treatment. The suspects fled before the officers arrived.
The Milwaukee County Transit System says bus drivers were not attacked in Monday's incidents.
After all of the latest violence within the Milwaukee County Transit System, many bus riders say they're worried for their safety. "You don't know if someone is going to be swinging. You don't know if somebody is fighting, arguing," passenger Rachelle Lyons said.
Rick Bassler with the Transit Union says the key to combating violence on Milwaukee County buses is stiffer penalties for those involved with violence. "I think the only way this is going to be prevented is, people are going to have to see people getting prosecuted. We've been out there trying to get people prosecuted," Bassler said.