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Man Charged With Alleged Unprovoked Bus Stabbing Near LAX Pleads Not Guilty

A man suspected in an alleged unprovoked stabbing attack on
an LAX custodian aboard a shuttle bus has pleaded not guilty to an attempted
murder charge, according to court records.

Ryan M. Gimeno, 41, also denied a second charge of carrying
a concealed dagger and was ordered to return to court in October to set a date
for a preliminary hearing. He was being held in lieu of $1-million bail.

NB4’s I-Team reported last week that Gimeno was arrested by
LAPD officers near the scene of the attack September 2, when the female
custodian was stabbed repeatedly in front of her husband and the shuttle driver
when the bus was stopped at a red light near 104th Street and
Aviation Blvd.

The custodian was taken to a trauma center in critical
condition.

A police spokesperson said the assault was unprovoked and a
knife was found at the scene. Booking records described Gimeno as homeless.

The custodian worked for LAX contractor ABM, which also
operated the shuttle. A company spokesperson credited the driver with getting
help as quickly as possible.

“We are providing assistance to our injured team member and
his family, as well as Employee Assistance Program services to all our team
members, and cooperating with the police in their investigation,” ABM told NBCLA.

LA Superior Court records showed Gimeno was awaiting trial
on a charge of violating a protective order in May when he was arrested in this
incident, and the records showed he had faced another felony assault charge in
February.

LAPD 2020 Bi-Annual Report on Homelessness, released this month, showed an increase in assaults attributed to suspects described as homeless.

The LAPD’s latest analysis of its interactions with the
City’s homeless population showed a 15-percent increase in the number of
serious assaults in which the attacker was described as homeless during the
first half of 2020. This increase was reported as there were simultaneous large
declines in almost all other categories of crime due to the stay at home
directives that stemmed from the Coronavirus pandemic.


Source: NBC Los Angeles

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