Four male teenagers arrested after ‘disgusting’ night bus attack on couple
Police appeal for more witnesses to come forward and promise questioning will be 'relentless'
07 June, 2019 — By Tom Foot
Melanie Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris
FOUR teenagers have been arrested after two women were punched several times on a night bus.
The couple, who were on the top deck of the N31 bus after boarding in West Hampstead, had been approached by a group who made lewd and homophobic comments about them.
Police said four males threw coins at the women before the attack. They stole a bag and phone and ran away.
Melanie Geymonat, 28, has described how she and her girlfriend, Chris, were hurt in a Facebook post, now widely shared across the internet.
Detective Andy Cox said: “This was a disgusting attack on two women who appear to have been picked out and targeted by a group of youths. The suspects have made a number of homophobic comments towards the couple before throwing coins at them. When the women tried to reason with the group, the attack escalated to an assault.
“CCTV footage from the attack is being reviewed by detectives. We continue to appeal for information from the public, particularly those who were present on the bus before or after the attack to come forward and tell police what they saw.
“A number of active enquires are in hand to trace other individuals suspected to have been involved in the incident. Lots of people will understandably be outraged by this attack. Our efforts to trace all the suspects involved and bring them in for questioning will be relentless.
“Attacks of this nature on London buses are rare. I would like to reassure those heading out over the weekend that extra uniformed and plain clothes Safer Transport officers will be out on patrol working to keep them safe and prevent crime.”
In an online post, Ms Geymonat had said: ”I don’t know if my nose is broken and I haven’t been able to go back to work … But what upsets me most is the violence has become a common thing, that sometimes it’s necessary to see a woman bleeding after having been punched to feel some kind of impact.”
She added: “I’m tired of being taken as a sexual object, of finding these situations as usual, of gay friends who were beaten up just because.”
Police still want to speak to witnesses for the investigation and are invited to tweet @MetCC and quote CAD737/30May. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.