Victorian police are searching for a male suspect who reportedly attacked a deaf man and an autistic teenager on a Keysborough bound bus.
The assault, that took place on September 7, came to light today following the release of CCTV images that captured the alleged offender boarding the bus.
It is believed that shortly after the bus’ departure, the offender approached the hearing impaired 32-year-old man and asked him what he was looking at.
When no response was given, the deaf man was punched in the face.
It is understood that the 14-year-old autistic boy involved moved to the front of the bus in fear of his safety. The offender then followed the boy and assaulted him.
The police say the boy received cuts and bruises to his face.
“It’s appalling to see this behaviour on our public transport,” said Sergeant Cassandra Stone from Dandenong Police. “You should be able to catch a bus without fear of violence.”
“The fact that this man targeted vulnerable individuals on the bus only adds to the cowardly nature of this attack.”
Police describe the suspect as being between the age of 15 and 25, approximately 175cm tall, with an olive complexion and short black hair.
He was wearing a grey t-shirt and dark coloured shorts at the time of the incident.
Anyone with further information about the attack is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. – Jessica Ankomah
Photos supplied by Victorian Police.