Woman arrested in attack of South Florida bus driver

Caught on bus surveillance video

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - Broward sheriff's deputies on Wednesday arrested a woman they say was caught on bus surveillance video verbally and physically attacking a bus driver.

Nikita Cassandra Cazeau, 20, of Oakland Park, was charged with battery on a person 65 years old or older in the Oct. 21 assault of the county bus driver, Tassos Kostopoulos, 72, officials said.

The woman is accused of going on a profanity-laced tirade that ended with her smacking Kostopoulos across the face. With no arrest months after the attack, the Sheriff's Office released a video of the incident last Thursday.

According to the Sheriff's Office:

A sheriff's deputy assigned to Oakland Park recognized Cazeau in the video because the deputy previously responded to Cazeau's home for a police service call. The deputy provided Cazeau's name and address to detectives, who visited her home at about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

She admitted being the woman in still images of the attack, but said she didn't recall slapping the bus driver.

After Cazeau was arrested, she let deputies search her apartment, where investigators found Xanax pills she wasn't prescribed. She then also was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drugs without a prescription.

The rider had boarded the bus at about 8:30 a.m. in front of the 7-Eleven at 3800 N. Andrews Ave. in Oakland Park. When she told the driver she didn't have the fare, the driver replied she would have to get off the bus.

Kostopoulos drove to the next stop and opened the doors for her to leave, but the woman complained the doors hit her. Standing beside Kostopoulos in the driver's seat, the woman swore and attacked.

After the rider yelled at the driver he is "lucky I'm not being violent right now," she struck him, causing his sunglasses to fly off his face.


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