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Men Accused of Assaulting Party Bus Driver

Update on 4/2/13 — Charges against the suspects have been dropped, court records show.

Police arrested two Arlington men on Saturday and charged them with assaulting the driver of a party bus.

According to police, the incident happened around 9:20 p.m. after the party bus — also called a “keg bus” — had returned to the East Falls Church Metro station from the West Virginia University/James Madison University football game at FedEx Field in Maryland. The bus had been “trashed,” according to police, and the driver demanded extra payment for cleaning and for the extra hour and a half the bus had been in use over the original scheduled time.

At that point, police say, three intoxicated suspects on the bus started punching and kicking the driver. The suspects then fled the scene, leaving the individual who used his credit card to pay for the bus behind, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

The bus driver suffered a busted lip, swollen eye and bruises, Sternbeck said, but did not require hospitalization.

Eventually, police caught up with two of the suspects. Matthew —- and Cory —-, both 23-year-old Arlington residents, were arrested and charged with assault by mob. Both were held without bond. So far, police have not been able to locate the third suspect.

Sternbeck did not know whether the bus passengers were WVU or JMU fans.

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