Crime & Justice

Sheriff says they've arrested man caught on video stabbing a bus passenger in East LA

A man was caught on camera stabbing a fellow bus passenger in East Los Angeles on Monday, April 9.
A man was caught on camera stabbing a fellow bus passenger in East Los Angeles on Monday, April 9.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell says a man caught on video stabbing a fellow bus passenger in East Los Angeles has been arrested.

During a scheduled interview, McDonnell told Air Talk host Larry Mantle that a 27-year-old transient identified as Manuel Ortiz was arrested about 1 a.m. Thursday after being turned in by family members.

"It was a savage attack and one that caused us great concern," McDonnell said, adding that the suspect is currently being treated at a medical facility, though he did not disclose the reason.

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The stabbing occurred just before 10:15 a.m. on Monday, April 9 on a bus that was traveling in the 5700 block of Whittier Boulevard. 

Seeking the public's help, the sheriff's department released video of the incident. In the clip they made public, a man can be seen standing in the aisle wearing a red striped T-shirt, sunglasses and a blue hat.

Seemingly unprovoked, he walks toward the front of the bus, and pulls a large knife. The video freezes before the stabbing occurs. Authorities said the victim was stabbed multiple times.

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He was taken to a local hospital and is still listed in critical condition Thursday, McDonnell said.