Man Accused Of Spraying Mace At 2 Bus Drivers Appears In Court

October 04, 2018 - 2:55 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A Brooklyn man accused of spraying Mace in the faces of two bus drivers and passengers appeared before a judge Thursday.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, dozens of union members shouted, “Lock him up!” in the hall outside of the courtroom, as Andre Chandler, 46, was sent back to prison on $30,000 bail.

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano tried to speak to the press after the hearing, but was interrupted by the defendant’s father, who accused one driver of beating up on his son.

“I just want to send a message out to the public and to anybody who wants to attack a transit worker, TWU is going to be on their back,” Utano said.

“And not try to beat up on someone,” Chandler’s father said.

“Excuse me sir, I’m talking,” Utano fired back.

Chandler was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon in the two making incidents, which occurred on Aug. 23 on the B15 bus.

Two drivers and passengers were taken to area hospitals.