Taniesha Nicole Twyne, 21, was riding the Route 45 bus to Town Center at Cobb mall and apparently borrowed a cellphone from another passenger, according to Cobb Police. When that passenger asked for the phone back, Twyne allegedly refused to return it to him, and the two began arguing while the bus was stopped at the mall. The bus driver then tried to calm the two, and Twyne brandished a knife, police said. A struggle ensued, and the knife dropped to the floor of the bus. Twyne then grabbed a pen from the driver’s shirt pocket and stabbed him, police said.
The driver, Damian Haney, 39, of Lawrenceville, was taken to WellStar Kennestone where he received stitches and was released.
Rebecca Gutowsky, director of Cobb Community Transit, said Haney has been a driver with Veolia Transportation for four years. Veolia contracts with Cobb County to run the bus and paratransit service.
But Gutowsky said Haney did not follow proper procedures in the situation.
“The operator should have called dispatch for assistance and not confronted the passenger,” she said. Any disciplinary action will be up to his employer, Veolia.
According to Twyne’s warrant, she too was taken to Kennestone Hospital for treatment, and when her handcuffs were removed, she tried to grab an officer’s firearm from his duty belt.
She is now charged with felony unlawful attempt to remove a firearm, in addition to felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor theft by conversion, which stems from the initial argument over the cell phone.
Twyne also has another criminal matter pending in Cobb Superior Court. She was indicted last September on two counts of obstruction of a police office and a third charge of battery. According to that indictment, she tried to hit two officers and bit one of them as they tried to arrest her in April 2011.