Charges approved against alleged Langley bus attacker
Mounties say the suspect refused to pay for her bus ride and threw a drink at a young boy as another commuter filmed the fierce reaction of the boy’s mom. (SCREEN GRAB FACEBOOK.COM)
Charges have been approved against a woman accused of attacking three children after refusing to pay bus fare in Langley.
Leah Susan MacKay has been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, one count of assault and a count of uttering threats, according to RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.
Meanwhile, a commuter who filmed the fight between a woman alleged to be MacKay and another passenger on the bus recalled what she witnessed to 24 hours.
Hanna Koekman said she was headed to work near Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Tuesday when a “grungy-looking” woman — blonde with worn-out clothes and in her 40s — boarded the bus and sat down without paying.
That’s when Koekman said a mother of three children intervened, prompting an outburst from the woman police alleged was MacKay.
“Something along the lines of, ‘I’m going to kill you and your kids,’” she said, and tossed a somewhat-filled paper coffee cup, striking the youngest child in his shoulder.
“(The mom) just lost it, went nuts … the lady that threw the drink went to kick her and the lady with the kids just started beating her, as you can see in the video,” Koekman said.
She said the bus driver told one woman to get off the rear door and the other to disembark via the front. Many of the other passengers had disembarked as well.
“I got off and I was walking to work. I heard the (mom) yell, and I went up to her and she said, ‘Oh my God, she just tried to stab me.’”
She said the children didn’t appear to be seriously injured. Two of them had red marks on their skin, Koekman said.
“It was really freaky. When it first started I didn’t think it was going to escalate as much as it did. To keep going after she got off the bus was even more nerve-racking,” she said.
Koekman added she has written an email to police to report what she saw, but has not heard back.