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Woman charged in stabbing of MCTS driver

Posted at 8:46 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 09:46:46-04

A woman has been charged for the attack of a Milwaukee Transit system driver that resulted in a 2-3 in. stabbing wound.

On Wednesday, Betty Roberts, 24, boarded an MCTS bus near W. Capitol Dr. and W. Appleton Ave. She immediately began harassing the driver of the bus and eventually jumped over the partial partition and began to press any and all buttons she could on the bus control panel, according to the criminal complaint.

Roberts was on top of the steering wheel when the driver called dispatch. She demanded the driver to drop the phone and at that point, the driver said he observed something in Roberts' hand he believed to be a knife.

The driver attempted to fight Roberts off the steering wheel when she cut his right forearm, leaving a 2-3 in. laceration.

In an interview with police, Roberts said she uses "crack and heroin" and has no recollection of the incident on the bus, according to the criminal complaint.

Roberts is charged with battery to a public transit operator, etc., use of a dangerous weapon. She faces fines up to $10,000, three years and six months in prison or both if convicted.