DA disagrees with judge’s decision to grant bail to woman accused of pushing elderly man off bus

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Video of a woman pushing an elderly man off an RTC bus sparked outrage in the Las Vegas valley and across the country. The incident happened in March 2019 and the victim, 74-year-old Serge Fournier, died from his injuries at the end of April 2019.

The Clark County Coroner said he died from blunt force trauma to his torso. Fournier’s death was ruled a homicide.

In the bus’ surveillance video the woman, identified 25-year-old Cadesha Bishop, can be seen having words with the man before viciously shoving him off the bus.

Bishop was arrested on an open murder charge but has since been released on bail.  So, now people are asking: Why was she let out of jail?

“This lady should not be on the streets,” said Steve Wolfson, Clark County District Attorney.

Wolfson said Bishop posted the $100,000 bail, but he does not think she should be out of jail and on house arrest.
   
“This was a lady that had a violent past, who committed a very violent act; it was unprovoked, she has a history of failing to appear in court, so although again, I respect the judge and her decision, it doesn’t mean I have to agree with it.”

Many people who saw the video were also concerned that the bus driver did not do anything after Fournier fell, but the RTC says that isn’t true.

The RTC released a statement:

“We share in the shock and disappointment over the senseless death of Serge Fournier, a transit passenger who was pushed out of the bus by another passenger. The bus was operated by our contractor, Keolis, whose driver immediately called for help, attended to her passengers on the bus and provided assistance to Mr. Fournier. We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Fournier’s family and friends. We are working closely with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on this ongoing investigation. We encourage those passengers on the bus with Mr. Fournier to come forward. Your testimony as a witness is valuable and important to ensuring justice is delivered. We, including our contractors, remain committed to providing safe transit service for our entire community.”

The RTC, Metro Police, and the D.A.’s office want anyone who saw what happened on the bus that day to come forward.

“We want to know what was said between these two people and what transpired,” Wolfson reiterated.

Wolfson says his office will likely ask a different judge to reconsider Bishop’s bail status. She is due back in court next week.

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