Officers from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command have issued images of a man they want to speak to following three separate unprovoked assaults.
The first assault happened on Wednesday 11th November 2020 at about 08:40 hours when a 14-year-old girl was travelling to school on a route 83 bus through Edgware.
The man sitting behind her suddenly started to hit her across the back of her head, for no apparent reason.
The aggressive male then got up and walked to the bus’s second deck and shouted abuse at a group of girls before leaving the bus.
The young girl was left shocked and distressed, but thankfully was not seriously injured.
The second assault took place at about 12:30 hours later that same day, outside a supermarket on Coppetts Centre, Barnet, N12.
It is believed that the man was attempting to shoplift in the store and was escorted from the premises by staff.
Once outside the store, he struck a staff member, a woman in her early 50s, on the back of her head.
Fortunately, she was not seriously injured.
The third assault happened at about 19:50 hours the next day when an off-duty bus driver was sitting on a 221 bus in Edgware.
The 48-year-old driver was finishing his tour, wearing his bus driver uniform and sitting in a passenger seat when, for no apparent reason, he was punched, grabbed by the throat and kicked.
The suspect swiftly left, leaving the victim bruised and shaken.
The police have now linked all three incidents, and they urgently want to trace the man.
Police said the man is described as about 5ft 10ins, aged 30 to 35 and a medium build.
He was wearing a green camouflage baseball jacket with letters on the back in capitals ‘DFYNT’ and the numbers 00 below.
PC Paul Harris, who leads the investigation said:
“We have linked all these incident, and the unprovoked nature of the assaults gives us cause for concern. This man’s clothing is very distinctive, and I am sure someone will recognise him.
“We urgently want to trace this man and I would ask anyone who can identify him, not to approach him, but call police immediately.”
The Metropolitan Police has appealed for any witnesses or anyone with any information to call them on 101 or contact them via Twitter @MetCC with the reference: CAD 7212/12NOV.
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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