Twin brothers charged in bus assault

Tampa, Florida -- Twin 48-year-old brothers are in jail and face assault charges after they stabbed a bus passenger during an argument over a delayed departure.

About 5 p.m. Monday, Jorge R. Alvarez of Tampa and his brother, Alexander Alvarez of Oldsmar, boarded a bus at the Marion Street Bus Mall and acted as if they had no money, according to Tampa police.

The 62-year-old victim, who was sitting in the second row, told the brothers the delay was going to make him late for work, police said.

The driver then began to drive away with the Alvarezes standing by the front door, going through their pockets looking for money. At one point they paid, however, but they also words were still being exchanged with the victim.

The victim then stood and Alexander Alvarez stabbed him in the right side of the throat, police said. The victim defended himself and started punching Alexander Alvarez in the head, driving him to the ground.

Then , Jorge Alvarez pulled out a small knife and stabbed the victim in the chest. The victim then began to fight Jorge Alvarez, punching him and pushing him back. The bus stopped and the fled southbound on foot, according to police.

Officers responded and were able to stabilize the victim and get descriptions of the suspects from him.

Police then arrested the brothers near Marion and Fortune streets.

The victim was treated for serious wounds at a hospital.

The brothers are charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Jorge has been released on bond; Alexander remains in jail.


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