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Being told to wear face mask spurs man to attack Turlock bus driver
Elton Diaz
Elton Diaz

A Turlock man was arrested for assault and battery after attacking a bus driver who refused to let him ride without a mask, the Turlock Police Department reported.

The suspected was identified by the police department as Elton Diaz, 41, of Turlock.

The incident was reported to the police department at 1:20 p.m. Aug. 28 in the 800 block of Lander Avenue.

Diaz attempted to get a ride on the bus without wearing a mask, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Parmley. The transit operator advised him he could not drive away until he put a mask on and Diaz became enraged at the driver.

Diaz alleged attacked the driver by throwing items, one of which struck the driver, according to the police department's web activity log.

Diaz was walking away from the area when officers arrived and stopped him.

"Diaz was positively identified in an in-field show up and placed under citizen’s arrest for assaulting a transit operator," Parmley said.