ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A city bus driver is in the hospital Sunday afternoon after he was violently attacked on the job.
Albuquerque police say the driver was spit on and hit in the face with a rock. The suspect's wife claims her husband was protecting their family.
Police say the bus driver, Robert Gallegos, was making a routine stop Sunday afternoon near San Mateo and Montgomery.
Two passengers on board told police they saw a man, later identified as 37-year-old Michael Fisher, get on the bus, spit on the driver, then smash his face with a rock.
The two men on the bus followed Fisher, helping police find and arrest him.
But the suspect's wife said the bus driver pushed her and her husband too far. She claims the driver has been disrespectful and discriminating and didn't let her and her son on the bus.
According to her, the driver accused them last week of using the bus for quote "joy riding."
The woman said she told her husband what happened and had a feeling he'd do something.
"Whatever happened, personally, he had it coming so, somebody had to take charge," said Sophia Fisher, the suspect's wife. "I don't like telling my husband when things are going wrong and I had to this time."
APD officer Simon Drobik said Fisher went about dealing with the situation in an inappropriate way.
"I know that dealing with a problem is not jumping onto a bus and smashing a bus driver in the face with a rock causing a massive injury. I know that's not the solution," Drobik said.
Police said the driver is at Presbyterian Hospital where he'll receive stitches or possibly staples for a serious head wound.
Fisher is charged with aggravated battery.
Police are calling the two men who helped track Fisher heroes. They told police they know the driver and they weren't going to let the man get away.
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