Alleged bus assailant posts bond, then is arrested at Port Angeles bus stop

Riley Edge White is shown during a court hearing earlier this month. ()

Riley Edge White is shown during a court hearing earlier this month. ()

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man charged with assaulting a Clallam Transit bus driver and elderly passenger last month is back in jail after police said he trespassed at a bus stop.

Riley Edge White, 59, had posted $30,000 bail Thursday on charges of first-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree attempted robbery and two counts of second-degree assault for allegedly attacking bus driver Joy Crummett and 80-year-old Angeline Olsen on a Clallam Transit bus May 28.

Having posted bail, he was released from the Clallam County jail. But he was returned to custody this morning for investigation of second-degree criminal trespass because he allegedly violated orders to stay away from Clallam Transit facilities or property, police said.

“Officers responded to a complaint that Mr. White was at a bus stop, the bus stop on Fourth Street just outside of the Clallam County Courthouse entrance,” said Sgt. Jason Viada of the Port Angeles Police Department.

“Mr. White had been excluded from being on any Clallam Transit facilities or property, so he was arrested by officers because he was trespassing on a Clallam Transit facility.”

White was being held today in the Clallam County jail on $500 bail for the trespassing allegation.

“Whether he bails out or not, we anticipate he’ll be in District Court on Monday,” Viada said.

White faces a July 18 trial on felony charges after the attack on the bus.

Transit video

A shocking Clallam Transit video, which is on this website, shows a man kicking Olsen in the face and bashing her head against the walls and floor of the bus until Crummett stopped the bus in the 1600 block of West 16th Street and intervened.

The 60-year-old driver was subsequently punched, choked and thrown against a change machine, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Crummett managed to escape from White’s grip and shut off the battery before her alleged assailant took the wheel of the bus, court papers said.

The man was attempting to start the bus when police arrived, they said.

One of the assault charges is for strangulation and the other carries a special allegation that White caused the reckless infliction of substantial bodily harm on a vulnerable victim.

White has a right to appeal his permanent exclusion from Clallam Transit in three years, agency General Manager Wendy Clark-Getzin said.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected]

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