Man with a Violent History is Arrested after an Attack on a Woman at a Bus Stop
CORTE MADERA — Central Marin Police Authority arrested a man after a woman was attacked at a bus stop. The suspect ran across freeway rush hour traffic before he was apprehended.
The attack occurred at a Golden Gate Transit bus stop on Paradise Drive, near an on-ramp to southbound Highway 101. On April 26 at 4:10 p.m., police received a report that a man was assaulting a woman.
The suspect was seen dragging a woman by her hair and forcing her onto a bus. The bus driver stayed put and phoned the police. When the first officer arrived on the scene the man ran across the freeway to the center median.
The man fought with the officer, before jumping over the barrier separating north- and southbound lanes. Fortunately, commuter traffic was not moving at the time.
More officers arrived and the man identified as Steven Z. Rizzo, 22 of San Rafael, was arrested. Rizzo who has a violent history remains in custody at Marin County Jail in lieu of $103,000 bond.
The victim, a 19-year-old woman, is the suspect’s former girlfriend. She was transported to a hospital to receive medical treatment for serious injuries.
In addition, two officers sustained minor injuries. One was treated at a hospital and the other officer was treated at the scene.
Rizzo was previously arrested four times for assault and battery. For this latest incident, he was booked on 12 open charges, including kidnapping and various battery charges.
His other charges include making criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting and officer, and probation violation.