06/20/2013 03:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Gabriel Hayes CTA Assault: Man Accused Of Exposing Himself To And Molesting Bus Driver

A 33-year-old man is accused molesting a woman early Wednesday as she drove a CTA bus in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Gabriel Hayes allegedly approached the 30-year-old bus driver around 4 a.m. Wednesday, exposing himself to her while she was standing in a bus turn-around at Archer and Neva avenues, the Tribune reports.

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According to WGN, Hayes later boarded the bus when it was back in service and "molested" the driver, prompting her to call police.

Hayes fled, though the Sun-Times reports he was picked up and arrested a short while later in the 7100 block of West Archer Avenue.

According to police, Hayes was charged with criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery of a transit employee, CBS Chicago reports. He is due in bond court Thursday.

The attack is among several in recent months against CTA bus drivers: In November, a man attacked several passengers and a driver aboard the No. 94 South California bus and little more than a month later, a man was arrested for punching a CTA bus driver and causing a crash in Albany Park.

Most recently in March, a man robbed a female CTA bus driver and shot her with a stun gun on the far West Side.



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