‘Things just es­ca­lated’

Man charged with mur­der in Win­nipeg bus driver’s death

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

A man who al­legedly fell asleep on a bus and, when roused, re­fused to leave has been charged in the fa­tal stab­bing of a tran­sit driver.

Brian Kyle Thomas, 22, of Win­nipeg is fac­ing charges in­clud­ing sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, pos­ses­sion of a weapon and fail­ing to com­ply with a pro­ba­tion or­der.

Court records show Thomas has con­vic­tions dat­ing back to 2012 for crimes that in­clude weapons of­fences, as­sault and rob­bery. He has been in and out of cus­tody and was last on pro­ba­tion in Novem­ber.

Po­lice say driver Irvine Jubal Fraser had fin­ished his route at the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba in the early hours Tues­day. Only one pas­sen­ger was left on the bus.

“This in­di­vid­ual was asked ... by the operator ... many, many times to exit the bus, that (it) was the end of the route and it was time to exit,” po­lice spokesman Const. Ja­son Michalyshen said Wed­nes­day.

“Sadly, things just es­ca­lated from that point.”

He said the pas­sen­ger walked to the front of the bus and the driver es­corted him off. A scuf­fle con­tin­ued out­side and the driver was stabbed mul­ti­ple times in the up­per body.

The sus­pect was ar­rested try­ing to cross the frozen Red River near cam­pus. Fraser, 58, died in hospi­tal.

Col­leagues have de­scribed Fraser as a pop­u­lar guy who planned to re­tire next year. Cal­la­han and oth­ers with the union vis­ited his widow Tues­day to of­fer con­do­lences and drop off sand­wiches. He said the wo­man was very dis­traught. The cou­ple lost a daugh­ter a few years ago, he said.

Fraser’s death marks the first time a Win­nipeg bus driver has been killed dur­ing an as­sault and not in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent.

CP PHOTO

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate at the scene of a fa­tal stab­bing of a bus driver at the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba in Win­nipeg, Tues­day.

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