School Crossing Guard Attacked Day After Being Threatened

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BRIGHTON HEIGHTS (KDKA) – A crossing guard is recovering after being attacked in Brighton Heights.

The attack occurred around 8:40 a.m. Friday morning at the intersection of Brighton Avenue and Benton Road.

KDKA’s Lisa Washington Reports —

According to officers, the crossing guard was attacked by a woman who had just gotten off of a Port Authority bus.

Pittsburgh Police confirmed a witness account that three Good Samaritans jumped in to break up the fight.

Officers arrested the woman who got off of the bus and had started the fight. They took her into custody near where the fight happened.

Raymond Bernard, a local barber, says the crossing guard had stopped into a nearby barbershop on Thursday when someone threatened her life.

“She pretty much said that somebody from up the street here confronted her and they threatened her life or something of that sort,” Bernard said. “When I heard what happened this morning, it was kind of disturbing to me. Who attacks a crossing guard while she’s at work making sure that our kids are safe getting on the bus?”

The 49-year-old crossing guard, who has not been identified, was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital in stable condition to be treated for her injuries. She has since been released.

The suspect, 43-year-old Eureka Bransom of Brighton Heights, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and strangulation.

The investigation continues. So far, police say they have not determined a motive in the incident.

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