Charges filed against bus passenger who unleashed racist rant

The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anne Marie Messiano, 57, of Pearl River, Thursday afternoon following an investigation into the incident that took place on Saturday, June 30. The incident happened on Transport of Rockland (TOR) bus #235 operating in service for TOR Route #92.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office conducted interviews and gathered evidence regarding this incident and Messiano was located and arrested on the new charges of criminal obstruction of breathing and aggravated harassment.

County Executive Ed Day said, “while some are focusing on this woman’s hateful speech as being indicative of Rockland County I am seeing the exact opposite. The responses of all involved: law enforcement, bus employees, passengers and all of those on social media who commented or shared these videos clearly show that there is no place for this type of hate filled speech in Rockland County.”

County Press Release