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Photo of Otis Tanner from Metropolitan Police Department
Photo of Otis Tanner from Metropolitan Police Department

Accused man who attacked bus driver has a criminal record

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, August 25, 2022 12:38 pm

According to an arrest record filed Wednesday, a father is suspected of assaulting his daughter’s school bus driver because she was not on the route’s list.

Otis Tanner, 46, was arrested on Friday and charged with car burglary, violence on a protected person, and threatening to kill or injure a public school staff.

Tanner was seen getting on the bus around 6:30 a.m., according to bus video and witness accounts. According to the allegation, the driver told him many times to leave the Tonopah and Vegas drives on Thursday.

According to the arrest report, Tanner continued to shout “make me” before striking the driver with a clinched fist and kicking him to the ground.

According to the driver, he found a tire iron on the bus and threatened Tanner with it. According to the complaint, Tanner informed the driver that he “would be waiting for him.”

Tanner’s daughter was told by the bus driver on August 17 that she couldn’t ride the bus home because her name wasn’t on the list.

Tanner told police that when the bus driver grabbed his arm and asked him to get off the bus, he felt abused.

Tanner pled guilty to conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon in 1997 and was convicted of attempted murder with a deadly weapon in 1998.

He was charged with sex trafficking of an adult, violence by strangling, battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and four charges of sex assault twenty years later, but the case was dismissed.

He secured bail on Tuesday and is due in court on September 27 for a preliminary hearing.

Credits: Las Vegas Review- Journal

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