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Las Vegas bus driver rescues missing man at stop

Posted at 11:36 PM, Mar 20, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas bus driver assisted authorities in locating a man who was considered missing and endangered by police.

Linda has been behind the wheel of an RTC bus for nearly two decades, and always has her eyes on the passengers, but on Wednesday it’s what she saw that saved the day.

“I looked, and then I looked twice, and Russell popped into my mind,” she said.

Around 7 a.m. at a Route 120 stop along Rampart Boulevard, near Cheyenne Avenue, Linda found 58-year-old Russell Perriera - who had been missing since Saturday.

And it was the 13 Action News report that helped her connect the dots, as she said she saw it the previous night.

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Perriera was last seen in the area of Stephanie Street and I-215 in Henderson.

Somehow, he made it to northwest Las Vegas, and a bus stop bench along Linda's route.

“He told me his name was Russell; I said whats your last name? He says Perriera or something like that and I said bingo,” Linda said.

Linda brought him aboard and notified her managers who then contacted police that Russell had been found.

Linda continued her trip until reaching a stop along Fort Apache Road and Tropicana Avenue.

She then got off the bus with Perriera and bought him some McDonald's while they waited for Las Vegas officers to arrive.

For Linda, it was all in a day's work and said the best part of her job is to serve her community.

“I just feel blessed that I’m able to help someone else; I would want someone to do it for my family,” she said.