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Bus rider injured in Mid-City attack with closed box cutter

Los Angeles police were looking for a bus rider who assaulted another passenger on a bus early Tuesday after punching him while holding a closed box cutter in his fist.

The attacker was holding the box cutter and talking to himself when he assaulted another MTA passenger about 1:30 a.m., punching the man three times in the face, said Sgt. Andrew Bedogne with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's transit services bureau.

The bus stopped at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, where firefighters treated the victim for a 2-inch laceration on his forehead. The man in his 40s was taken to a hospital, where he received four stitches.

The attacker, described as an Asian man in his 20s, fled on foot, leaving the box cutter at the scene.

-- Tony Barboza
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This is what happens when a society lets its mentally ill citizens roam the street instead of in a hospital.

Many mentally disturbed people ride Metro buses carrying box-cutters. They enjoy picking fights with other passengers or the bus operator and then pull out the box-cutter and threaten to slash people with it. Often, the Metro Sheriff's are called but the offender is never taken into custody and gets to return to the buses to repeat the offense time and again. The mentally ill and homeless have been allowed to hijack the Metro buses from hardworking taxpayers who often decide it's just not worth riding a smelly, dangerous bus in all but emergency situations. Hopefully Metro management will address this situation like other major cities have and make riding the bus a pleasant and green alternative to driving a car.

At least the police can lift the fingerprints off of the box cutter dropped at the scene.

I agree with Jim Q. Citizen. I don't know if "many" mentally disturbed people ride Metro buses, but enough of them do to keep me off the public transit system - at great financial burden to myself and my family considering the cost of gas these days and the distance I have to drive to work just to try to ensure some measure of safety, sanity, and certainly a greater measure of cleanliness! The disrespect and lack of consideration and/or common courtesy among so many bus riders, apart from the risk to life and limb, makes the bus riding experience unbearable for me. (I know there's really no longer such a thing as "common" courtesy these days, but it still exists in my world!)

I ride Metro buses many times to connect to Burbank's Metrolink station with zero problems...for now.

But there have been fatal cases of people wielding such weapons (Google "Canada tour bus incident"). Although that was on a tour bus and not an intercity bus, Metro and bus riders need to be vigilant. (Of course to stop that... would require someone to have concealed carry... but that would be too extreme.)

Thankfully, his kung fu was weak -- and mine was not.

I know it's wrong for mentally unstable people to be committed against their will, but when someone is randomly attacking people, isn't it time for a trip to the mental hospital, no matter what the ACLU says?


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