MANHATTAN — The teenager who sprayed a city bus driver with chemical repellent in Inwood earlier this month was arrested Wednesday after his mom recognized him on a wanted poster and turned him in, the NYPD said.
Carlos Taveras, 17, ran up to the driver's open window of an X12 bus when it pulled up to the intersection of Isham Street and Sherman Avenue about 4 a.m. Saturday, May 3, police said. He doused the MTA employee with Mace or pepper spray and then ran away flailing his arms, according to police and surveillance footage the NYPD released.
Taveras' mother recognized her son from a wanted poster displayed in the area after the attack and took him to police, who arrested him Wednesday on a felony assault charge, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
If convicted, Taveras could serve seven years behind bars, according to the MTA.
The driver was not seriously harmed in the incident, police said at the time.