The incident, which was recorded by another passenger's cell phone, is believed to have occurred in Mid-September.
The Regional Transit Authority in Cleveland has suspended Hughes pending an investigation after a video showing the altercation went viral on the Internet over the weekend.
An argument broke out between a female passenger, identified as 25-year-old Shi'dea Lane, and Mr. Hughes when Lane boarded his bus and stated that she couldn't pay the fare because she had forgotten her backpack.
"Is this how you treat people in Cleveland?" Lane asked.
Lane then paid the fare, but retaliated by calling the driver a "bitch."
That's when Hughes reportedly began arguing back. The argument escalated to a point in the video in which Lane is seen pushing Hughes with both of her hands. That's when Hughes stood up from his seat and delivered a brutal uppercut to the woman's face.
Hughes then followed up by throwing Lane off the bus along with her belongings. Lane, however, jumped to her feet and re-engaged Hughes in a brawl that went on for another 20 seconds or so.
Hughes can be heard in the video telling the woman "Wanna be a man? I'm going to treat you like a man."
Both subjects in the video can be heard telling each other "You're going to jail now."
Neither party, according to police, decided to press charges in the altercation - most likely because the officer would have taken both of them to jail if they had wished to file charges against one another.
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