Manhunt underway for thug who spat in a Melbourne bus driver’s face before trying to punch him

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A manhunt is underway for a passenger who repeatedly spat at a Melbourne bus driver before attempting to assault him. 

The incident occurred on the 246 bus route from Elsternwick to Clifton Hill in East Melbourne around 8.30am on August 25.

Police said a male passenger approached the driver and verbally abused him before leaning in to spit in the driver’s face three times. 

Victoria Police believe this man (pictured) may be able to assist with their inquiries

Victoria Police believe this man (pictured) may be able to assist with their inquiries 

He then tried to punch the driver around the protective screen.

The bus driver stopped near the intersection of Wellington Parade and Hoddle Street in East Melbourne and ordered the man to get off the bus.

The man was last seen running towards West Richmond train station.

Victoria Police have released an image of a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The passenger was ordered off the bus at the corner of Wellington Parade and Hoddle Street (pictured) in East Melbourne. He was last seen running towards West Richmond train station

The passenger was ordered off the bus at the corner of Wellington Parade and Hoddle Street (pictured) in East Melbourne. He was last seen running towards West Richmond train station

Police are also investigating whether there’s additional CCTV footage.

The man is described as being of African descent and was wearing a black beanie and a black jacket with a red collar.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

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