BUS BATTERY SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN
- BSO Case Number: 90-1209-000937 (UPDATE)
- PIO Number: 12-10-14a
- Date: September 10, 2012
- Time: 8:54 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: 2800 block of West Sunrise Boulevard, unincorporated Central Broward near Fort Lauderdale
- Jurisdiction: Central Broward
- Peter McKenzie, 54, male
- Elizajah McKenzie, 18, 11/22/93, male, 1609 NW 24 Ave., apt.20, Fort Lauderdale
Description of Incident:
A few hours after surveillance video of a rude, disruptive passenger who punched a bus driver in the face was released, the suspect was identified and turned himself in to police.
The confrontation between Broward County Mass Transit driver Peter McKenzie and suspect Elizajah McKenzie occurred shortly before 9 p.m. September 10, 2012 in the 2800 block of West Sunrise Boulevard near Fort Lauderdale.
Peter McKenzie told BSO investigators he approached the male passenger because he kept pulling the stop line and wouldn’t take his feet off the seat where he was sitting. Words were exchanged between the men, and McKenzie returned to his driver’s seat. Next, the suspect walked toward the front of the bus, punched McKenzie on the left side of face with a closed fist and ran off the bus headed north on Northwest 28 Avenue.
Someone recognized Elizajah in the surveillance video that aired on local media Friday afternoon and called Elizajah’s mother. When confronted by his mother, Elizajah denied the allegations. When questioned by Broward Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes detectives Friday evening, Elizajah said he punched the bus driver because he was mad at him.
Elizajah was arrested and transported to BSO’s Main Jail on one count of battery of a public transit employee.
MEDIA NOTE: A DETAILED ARREST REPORT AND ELIZAJAH MCKENZIE’S MUG SHOT ARE ATTACHED TO THIS NEWS RELEASE.
INVESTIGATORS: VCU Dets. S. Erdelyi, T. Metz and J. Moulin, CID
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO Central Broward October 13, 2012 1315