A 25-year-old woman who was captured on video shoving an elderly man off of a bus and charged with murder after he died has been released on bail.
Cadesha Bishop was on a bus in Las Vegas in March when she pushed Serge Fournier, 74, out of the vehicle after he told her to “be nicer” to other passengers, according to a police report obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Fournier was in the process of exiting the bus with his walker when Bishop pushed him. Fournier fell and hit his head on the concrete sidewalk and died on April 23 in a hospice. A coroner ruled that he died from complications from blunt force injuries and ruled the death a homicide.
The woman pushed Fournier “with enough force that he never touched any of the steps” on the bus, according to the police report. “His head landed approximately eight feet from the bus doorway.”
*Disturbing Video* Detectives would like to speak anyone present during this incident on March 21, 2019, in which an elderly male was pushed from a bus near Fremont St and 13th St, around 5PM. Please call #LVMPD Homicide Section Detectives at 702-828-3521 w/info. pic.twitter.com/MXYXZbvNkg
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) May 14, 2019
Bishop had been shouting profanities at other passengers when Fournier admonished her and requested that she be nicer. Witnesses said that after pushing Fournier, she walked away without offering him help.
Video footage captured the incident and clearly showed Bishop pushing Fournier. The Las Vegas Police Department released the footage on May 14.
Bishop was released on $100,000 bail, according to court records obtained by the Review-Journal on May 15. It was not clear which day she was released.
The records indicated that Bishop is being monitored until she appears in court to face the murder charge. A preliminary hearing is set for May 23.
74-year-old Serge Fournier died almost a month after the incident https://t.co/APxXiSMJQT
— KSNV News 3 (@News3LV) May 14, 2019
Bishop was identified through surveillance records and public transportation records. Detectives spoke to the father of her son, who said that he was no longer with her because “she is too violent.”
Bishop was contacted on May 3 and agreed to meet with detectives, police told the Las Vegas Sun. She didn’t show up. She was arrested three days later.
The suspect was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and charged with the murder of an older person.
The Las Vegas Police Department issued a statement on May 14 when it released the video, asking for witnesses to come forward.
“Detectives would like to speak anyone present during this incident on March 21, 2019, in which an elderly male was pushed from a bus near Fremont St and 13th St, around 5 p.m.,” it said.
Bishop’s neighbor, Kia Lea, said that she saw the video and cried.
“It was heartbreaking; I cried,” Lea told CBS 8. “Just to see not anybody helping in the video; he was just laying there all alone. It’s always sad when someone passes away, but to have them pass away in such a horrible manner, they need strength for that.”
74-year old Serge Fournier died after he was pushed off a bus. Police arrested a 25-year old woman and charged her with murder. Witnesses say Fournier told the woman “Be nicer to passengers.” @News3LV pic.twitter.com/PYlv02NDdq
— Antonio Castelan (@AntonioNews3LV) May 9, 2019
Trevor Taylor, who lived near Fournier, told KSNV: “He was an excellent neighbor. Very nice, religious person.”
“No matter what his age, she should not have done that. People need a little more patience than what they have these days,” Taylor added.
Ken Mallen, who also knew Fournier, said that he leaves behind a disabled wife who is struggling financially. “I know it caused several financial problems for his wife,” Mallen said.
Checlzzi Powell, another friend of Fournier, said the incident highlights that people need to respect the elderly. “He’s a little slow because his back and legs were ailing,” Powell said.