ELIZABETH, NJ - Editors note: This story has been updated to correct the age of Dawson III to 29.
An arrest has been made in the assault of and robbery of a pregnant NJ TRANSIT bus driver from Elizabeth.
According to authorities, a man who allegedly assaulted and robbed a pregnant, on-duty NJ TRANSIT bus driver of her cell phone in downtown Elizabeth two weeks ago, has been identified and apprehended.
Authorities said Andre Dawson III, 29, of Union Township, has been charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree assault on a bus operator, and third-degree assault.
At approximately 4:35 p.m. on Monday, January 28, Elizabeth Police responded to the area of North Broad Street and Westfield Avenue on a report of an assault to find the victim suffering from bumps, cuts, and bruises at the scene, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sheets.
The bus driver was transported to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth for treatment of her injuries, Sheets said.
An investigation by Elizabeth Police Detectives and NJ TRANSIT Police Detectives resulted in Dawson being identified as a suspect, and he was arrested on Wednesday, February 13, and lodged in the Union County Jail pending a detention hearing. That hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 20.
“NJ TRANSIT takes the safety and security of our employees and customers very seriously. Let this serve as an example for anyone intending to harm one of our bus operators, train crew members, or any one of our employees,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin S. Corbett. “I’m proud of the work the New Jersey Transit Police Department did, along with our law enforcement partners in Elizabeth and Union County, to apprehend this individual. We remain committed to prosecuting all assaults on our employees to the fullest extent of the law.”
Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison, while third-degree charges can result in 3 to 5 years in state prison.