Deputies: South Florida bus driver swings pole at man who lowered face mask

Rider says driver chased him, swinging pole
Denys Santos
Posted at 3:31 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 16:44:01-04

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Deputies say a Florida bus driver chased a rider down the street and swung a metal pole at him because the rider had pulled down his coronavirus mask.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said a 21-year-old man boarded Denys Santos’ bus in Key Largo on Wednesday and pulled down his mask to talk on the phone.

The man told deputies that as he was exiting, Santos used a metal pole to tap a sign saying masks are mandatory.

The man said he was walking away from the bus when Santos began chasing him and swinging the pole at him. Santos is charged with aggravated assault.