- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence police have identified the man accused of punching a public bus driver in the face thanks to the suspect’s mom.

Police asked for the public’s help in identifying the man who punched a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority driver on May 6.

The man, who had a cut on his hand, was apparently angry that the bus driver refused to take him to the hospital, which was not on the driver’s route.

RIPTA publicly released surveillance photos the suspect and the mother of 24-year-old Jose Rivera Lopez recognized her son and made him turn himself in.

Lopez is charged with simple assault.

He refused comment when approached by WPRI-TV.



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