Tampa police arrested twin brothers Monday who are accused of stabbing a HART bus passenger who had complained the men were taking too long to pay their fare.
Jorge R. Alvarez, 48, of Tampa, and his brother Alexander Alvarez Jr., of Brandon, boarded the bus at the Marion Transit Center at 1211 N. Marion St. around 5 p.m. The bus driver waited to depart as the men stood near the door searching their pockets for money, police said.
Henry Richardson, 62, was seated in the second row and told the men he was going to be late to work, police said. The men eventually paid the fare and the bus pulled away, but the men continued to exchange words with Richardson, police said.
When Richardson stood up, Alexander Alvarez Jr. drew a small knife from his right front pocket and stabbed him in the right side of the throat, police said. Richardson then punched Alexander Alvarez Jr. in the head, knocking him to the ground, police said.
Jorge Alvarez then drew a small knife of his own and stabbed Richardson in the chest, police said.
The driver stopped the bus and the Alvarez brothers fled on foot, police said. They were arrested near the intersection of N. Marion Street and E. Fortune Street; both are charged with aggravated battery.
Richardson was treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries, police said.