Muni driver helps nab alleged pickpocket 

A Muni bus driver came to a disabled rider’s rescue Tuesday morning when the rider had his pocket picked on the bus, police said.

The passenger, a man who used a cane, was standing near the door on a northbound 49-Van Ness-Mission bus on Van Ness Avenue when a man started bumping into him, police Officer Boaz Mariles said. The suspect, later identified as 42-year-old parolee Stevie Jackson, allegedly snagged an envelope with money in it out of the victim’s pocket.

Both the bus driver and the victim saw the suspect take the item, and the bus driver confronted the suspect. The suspect then allegedly threatened the driver, Mariles said.

The driver managed to flag down a nearby police officer and stopped the bus on Van Ness at McAllister Street. The police arrested the suspect, who had an outstanding parole warrant. Jackson was booked on charges of theft, criminal threats, and the parole violation.

Mariles credited the bus driver for taking quick action.

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