A Metro bus driver was hospitalized in critical
condition today after being stabbed multiple times during an argument with a passenger in Woodland Hills.
The driver and suspect exited the bus around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday near Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Erwin Street and continued the argument and the suspect stabbed the driver multiple times with a knife or a sharp object, police said.
It is unclear what led up to the argument.
The driver was taken to Northridge Hospital, where he underwent surgery, police said.
“This heinous act of violence is horrific, and the harm done to one of our Metro drivers is tragic,” Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said in a statement. “Safety on Metro is a top priority, and I will redouble my efforts as mayor and as a Metro board member to keep transit riders and workers safe.”
The suspect was described as a 6-foot tall man, approximately 21 years old, with blonde curly hair. He was wearing a red shirt, black pants and carrying a black backpack.
Video of the suspect was taken by a camera on the bus, police said. He was last seen eastbound on Owensmouth Avenue.
“Metro is shocked and sadden to hear about this heinous act of violence and is providing support to our employee and his loved ones,” Metro said in a statement. “We will work closely with the LAPD to investigate this incident, identify and prosecute the suspect.”
Anyone with information regarding the stabbing was asked to call 877-LAPD-24-7.
Source: NBC Los Angeles
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