Valley Transit head: Assault serious, but also rare

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WALLA WALLA — Valley Transit officials said Monday afternoon that the assault on a 13-year-old boy last week by an adult was very serious, but also very rare.

According to Walla Walla police reports, Robert Kreykenbohm, 30, assaulted a teen who was riding home from school Wednesday. According to police reports it isn’t clear what caused Kreykenbohm to repeatedly punch the teen in the back of the head. The teen’s mother said video footage from a bus camera shows the attack was unprovoked.

Dick Fondahn, general manager for Valley Transit, said while fights between youths sometimes break out on buses, he has not heard of an assault on a minor by an adult.

“This is certainly an unusual situation,” Fondahn said.

The mother said she is upset with the bus company for not taking action immediately.

According to police reports, Kreykenbohm was confronted by two adults riding the bus, and he got off the bus at the intersection of Isaacs Avenue and Clinton street. The teen’s older sister called police when the boy arrived home.

Fondahn told the U-B the bus driver did not see the assault, and that the teen hadn’t made any noise during the attack.

“She (the bus driver) wasn’t aware of what had happened,” Fondahn said, adding that a 44-year-old man who stood to confront Kerykenbohm obscured the driver’s view.

Fondahn said that once Kreykenbohm left the bus the “incident was over.”

According to police, it isn’t clear when Valley Transit contacted police, but it did provide video footage to police on Thursday.

Bennett said the officer who responded to the 911 call to the teen’s home later found Kreykenbohm on an unrelated call at Walla Walla Community College to serve Kreykenbohm with a restraining order. According to Bennett the officer recognized Kreykenbohm from a witness description, and the 30-year-old was arrested on investigation of fourth degree assault.

Kreykenbohm, who Bennett said has been arrested by Walla Walla Police officers 13 times since 2005, is not currently lodged at the Walla Walla County Jail.

Fondahn said Kreykenbohm has been suspended from using Valley Transit.

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