HOUSTON – Greater Houston Transportation Co. faces a lawsuit
from a driver who alleges that a passenger with a penchant for taking pens
assaulted her during a trip more than a year ago.
In court papers filed Mar. 7 in the Harris County 270th
District Court, Claudra Hubbard claims the rider, Garland Armstrong, grabbed
her pens and used one in an attempt to stab her on Sept. 14, 2015.
Hubbard was driving Armstrong to an unspecified destination
in Houston as part of the MetroLift program prior to the subject event. Upon
reaching Armstrong’s destination, the plaintiff exited the vehicle to help the
Per the suit, Armstrong lunged to the front of the vehicle
and grabbed Hubbard’s GPS device and a number of pens. The complainant
requested the passenger to return the items to no avail as he returned the
device but not the pens.
“When Ms. Hubbard again asked the passenger to return her
pens, he violently attacked her,” the original petition says. “Specifically,
the passenger attempted to stab Ms. Hubbard with a pen, and proceeded to chase
her down the street and knock her to the ground, causing her head to violently
slam onto the pavement.”
Hubbard adds that she sustained injuries to her head, ear,
hand, and knee.
The complaint further asserts that Armstrong, who is not a
party in the litigation, was a regular client of the defendant who possesses a
history of attacking its drivers the same way he did Hubbard.
Greater Houston knew of Armstrong’s outbursts, but took no
action to address them, the suit says.
Consequently, Hubbard seeks unspecified monetary damages.
She is represented by attorneys Ryan H. Zehl and Matt L.
Martin of the law firm Zehl & Associates, PC in Houston.
Harris County 270th District Court Case No. 2017-15789