Police: Hilliard City Schools bus driver stabbed, sexually assaulted

WCMH Staff - HILLIARD, OH (WCMH) — Police say a Hilliard City Schools bus driver was attacked, stabbed and sexually assaulted on her bus this morning.

Police say the attack happened in the 5300 block of Nike Drive just after 7:30am this morning.

Police say the suspect boarded the bus sometime overnight, and it appears he was laying there waiting. When the bus driver boarded the bus and started her route, she then heard a sound in the back of the bus.

Officers say that's when the man stabbed and sexually assaulted her before running off.

The suspects description is only a man who was wearing dark clothing and face paint.

The woman was treated at a nearby medical facility with non-life threatening injuries. Police say this was not her regular bus, and there is no reason to believe she was specifically targeted.

"I want everyone, public transportation, school transportation tell your drivers, tell your compound supervisors, managers to check your buses in pairs before they leave the compound,"  said Sgt. Bernard Anderson with the Columbus Police Department. "The suspect is still out and I don't want to make… I want to make sure that he's not someplace else."

Anyone who may have additional information is encouraged to call police or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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