Teens attack Muni driver with skateboard 

They finally got their transfer — to kiddie jail.

Three teenage boys were arrested in connection with a skateboard attack on a Muni bus driver Monday morning during a dispute over transfers.

The boys, two of them 16 years old and the other 15, allegedly had the nerve to demand transfers even though they did not pay to ride the 30-Stockton bus around 6:20 a.m., police said Tuesday.

One of the kids allegedly pummeled the bus driver over the head with a skateboard after he refused to hand over free transfers.

The suspects hopped aboard the bus at Clay and Stockton streets. After the driver denied their request for transfers, the teens allegedly exited the rear door of the bus at Columbus Avenue and Union Street, only to re-board via the front door.

Instead of asking for transfers again, the teens allegedly tried to swipe them. As the driver resisted, one of the teens struck the driver with the skateboard, police said.

The teens then fled without the transfers.

Soon after, police spotted three teens matching the description of the suspects at Powell and Francisco streets. The teens were positively identified and arrested.

A 16-year-old San Franciscan was booked for attempted robbery and conspiracy. A 15-year-old from San Leandro was booked for attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. A 16-year-old from San Mateo was booked on an outstanding warrant.

The teens were booked at the Youth Guidance Center, aka juvenile hall.

Meanwhile, the Muni driver is recovering from his wound. After the attack, he was taken to St. Francis Memorial Hospital, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

"He is doing fine right now," Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said Tuesday.

Rose said the driver is taking a few days off work to recover but would be back in the driver's seat soon.

The union representing Muni employees recently told The San Francisco Examiner that attacks on operators are the rise.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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