PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested two men after a TriMet bus driver was assaulted Sunday afternoon.
The driver told police that two men got on the bus with a dog, but he told them they couldn’t bring the dog on the bus. The two men claimed it was a service animal, and the driver allowed them to bring the dog onboard, police said.
When the two men got off the bus near the Jantzen Beach mall, one of the men punched the driver in the face.
The driver did not need medical attention, according to police.
Officers found the suspects in the area and took them into custody.
The suspect, 19-year-old Christopher Charles Jones, faces one count of assault. The other man, 24-year-old Tonari Leeivory Harris, was not involved in the assault, but police said he had three outstanding arrest warrants.
Both men were taken to the Multnomah County Jail. Police said a family member took the dog.
Drivers are allowed to ask if a passenger's animal is a service animal under TriMet procedures.