EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio– A woman was hurt and a man is under arrest after an attack that happened as an RTA bus traveled through East Cleveland.
“Behind you in the name of Jesus,” the woman is heard saying on audio from bus surveillance cameras just before the assault
Just after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, a 46-year-old woman was riding an RTA Healthline bus when it stopped at Euclid and Garfield in East Cleveland. According to video taken from the bus and RTA police, the woman is assaulted by a man that police later identified as Dimitrius Oliver.
According to a police report, the victim says Oliver touched her ears. She says as the bus pulled up to the curb she said “Thank you, Jesus.” It states Oliver used an expletive in return, then says the victim called Oliver a demon and he spit in her face.
The woman says she slapped Oliver in self defense; then he punched her several times. Video from the bus shows the scuffle, and appears to show Oliver slam the woman’s head into a pole and later try to push her off the bus.
“Are you alright?” another passenger asks the woman.
“He don’t need to come off this bus. He’s gone; he’s gone. Let’s go bus driver; close the door,” passengers are heard saying after the attack.
The video shows another passenger hand the woman a tissue, which she uses to wipe her face.
According to the report, when officers arrived, the woman was holding her right hand with her pinky finger appearing to be broken and bleeding from her bottom lip.
Investigators say officers took Oliver to the hospital for a psychological evaluation the booked him into the East Cleveland City jail.