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Published August 16 2012

Man barred from bus in Fargo for saggy pants accused of attacking ticket taker

FARGO – A Detroit man is accused of hitting a bus depot employee in the head with a magazine rack here after the ticket taker refused to allow him to board the bus because his pants were hanging too low.

Nigel Kino Wakefield, 25, was charged with aggravated assault on Thursday in Cass County District Court.

According to court documents:

Fargo police were called at 7:17 p.m. Tuesday to the Jefferson Lines bus station at 855 45th St. S. for a reported assault.

The ticket taker, James Lovejoy, said he told Wakefield he couldn’t board the bus because his pants were far too low and his underwear was exposed. He told police that Wakefield said, “I paid for my ticket, and I’m getting on the bus.”

Lovejoy said he told Wakefield no and then went back into the office.

After about 10 minutes, Lovejoy returned to the main lobby area to collect more tickets. He said Wakefield had pulled his pants up a little bit but not enough to be let on the bus.

Lovejoy said he told Wakefield he wasn’t getting on the bus and to catch the 12:30 a.m. bus. Wakefield then allegedly picked up a black metal magazine rack in the lobby and hit Lovejoy with it three to four times on the right side of the head.

Other Jefferson Line employees chased Wakefield out of the lobby. When police arrived, they found Wakefield standing on the corner of 45th Street and Ninth Avenue South and arrested him.

Lovejoy’s head injury was bandaged at the scene to prevent further bleeding, and he was taken by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center.

The police report noted that Wakefield’s pants “were so large that they would not stay up and so (officers) had to help hold his pants up” as they escorted him to a police car.

Wakefield’s bail was set at $10,000 cash or bond during his initial court appearance Thursday. Court records did not yet list an attorney for him.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528