Suspect apologizes for beating bus driver

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Robert White, the suspect in a brutal beating of a Valley Metro bus driver that was captured on camera, said he's sorry for what he did.

White spoke to 3TV in chains and handcuffs in a jailhouse interview Wednesday afternoon.

"I over-exaggerated for sure," White said. "I apologize."

The violent incident on the morning of Sept. 8 was caught on surveillance video.

White said he was on his way to work on that rainy morning and had his bicycle with him.

That was the day a monsoon storm dropped record rainfall that caused extensive flooding in Mesa and other parts of the Valley.

Bus driver David B. Housel, 60, said he parked the bus at the flooded Light Rail station at Main St. and Sycamore at approximately 6:15 a.m.

White said Housel did not pull all the way into the station as other drivers opted to do. As a result, White said, he was forced to step in puddles and "get soaked" in order to get his bike.

"That bike was my life dude. There’s probably like 1,000 miles on it, I’ve only had it a few months," White said. "Nobody wants to step in a puddle to get their belongings ever."

White admits he snapped. 

"I'm not a fighter, for sure," White said. "It just slipped. Everything just slipped."

White turned himself in after his mother and brother saw video of the attack. He said he has not watched the video.

White is facing charges of aggravated assault.

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