Tony Burnett was in court on Wednesday after been charged with criminal possession of a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment.
The 28 year old boarded an M11 bus around 7:40 a.m. on August 9 at 86th Street and Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side and pulled out a loaded .38 caliber revolver allegedly asking the bus driver, “Why didn’t you stop for me?”.
Its noted that Mr.Burnett was some distance away from the official bus stop and then allegedly jumped a cab to catch up to the bus with the loaded gun, cursing and confronting the MTA Bus driver. He was later tracked and picked up by local law enforcement Officers.
Burnett, who is a known repeat fare evader, pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He has four previous arrests for assault, robbery and fare evasion, local police confirmed.
The incident comes during an increase in assaults on MTA employees, including last month when an unknown substance was thrown at a driver, and in June when a man climbed on a bus and attacked a driver.
Burnett’s attorney believes his client is mentally ill. The case was adjourned so Burnett could be given a psychological examination. The next court date is scheduled for October 2nd 2019.
The district attorney recommended a jail term of Seven years, which is the maximum prison sentence for such an offence
The president of the New York City Transit Authority, Andy Byford , was in the State Supreme Court on Wednesday to witness proceedings and to see Burnett arraigned on felony charges.