McGruff Survives a Beat-Down

Metro bus driver charged with simple assault

By Jim Iovino
|  Tuesday, Mar 3, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 PM CDT
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Metrobus Driver Sucker Punches McGruff: Police

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McGruff puts up his dukes.

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Metrobus Driver Sucker Punches McGruff: Police

A Metrobus driver is accused of jumping out of his bus and punching McGruff as the Crime Dog made a public appearance.
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First the Chick-fil-A cow received a beat-down in Fredericksburg, Va.  Now, someone takes a shot at everyone's favorite crime-fighting pooch. 

Word of advice for new-look Screech: Hire A-Rod's cousin ASAP.

McGruff the Crime Dog was the latest victim of the mascot mayhem.

Police said their four-legged hero absorbed a blow to the head over the weekend from a Metro bus driver in front of a group of children but didn't lose his cool, according to the Washington Examiner.

McGruff, who was actually District officer Tyrone Hardy in costume, was handing out flyers to kids in northwest Washington Saturday when bus driver Shawn Brim, 38, stopped, got out and adjusted his mirrors and then cold-cocked McGruff in the head with a closed fist, according to a police report.

A woozy McGruff staggered. Kids screamed. The alleged attacker hopped back on his bus and drove off.

Other police officers who were there with McGruff and watched the alleged assault quickly tracked down the bus and the driver.

Brim, 38, later told a supervisor that he was trying “to be funny,” Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith told The Examiner on Monday.

“But nobody here finds it funny, believe me,” Smith said. “That kind of behavior is not tolerated.”

Brim was charged with simple assault.

The Examiner said Hardy had a swollen cheek but was more concerned that the alleged attack disturbed the kids who saw it.

No word on whether the Racing Presidents' security team has been placed on heightened alert.

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