NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man wanted in a violent attack on a New York City bus driver in Brooklyn surrendered to police on Tuesday.NYPD: Suspects Demand Cash, Grab Jewish Man's Yarmulke In Brooklyn Robbery
Surveillance video showed a suspect with dreadlocks throwing numerous punches at the driver, reaching around the security gate to attack him. The victim was hit repeatedly in the face.
On Tuesday, Thutmose Scott Clark, 29, was accompanied by his mother and the family’s pastor as he surrendered. They said Clark suffers from mental illness and autism, and the said those conditions caused Clark to attack the bus driver.
Clark’s mother said she told the bus driver that her son was experiencing an outburst.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 6/12 Saturday Morning Forecast
“I announced to the bus driver that my son had some mental illness issues — please let us off the bus,” Clark’s mother said. “He refused to let us off the bus.”
The mother said her son also asked the driver to let him off the bus, and the situation then escalated.
The driver, 62, had previously told police the attack was completely unprovoked, and there was no quarrel before the attack.MORE NEWS: On Eve Of Early Voting, Top Contenders For NYC Mayor Skirmish Over Crime And If Police Should Carry Guns
Clark was being questioned at the 67th Precinct police station in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn late Tuesday night.