Search underway for man accused of stabbing Metro driver in Woodland Hills

Picture of man accused of stabbing Metro bus driver
Picture of man accused of stabbing Metro bus driver Photo credit LAPD

WOODLAND HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KNX) – Police are searching for a man accused of stabbing a Metro bus driver on Wednesday night.

Around 5:15 p.m., officers responded to Erwin Street and Topanga Canyon Boulevard for a reported assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police said the man and the driver got into an argument and once both of them were off the bus, the man “produced a knife (or sharp object) and stabbed the bus driver multiple times.”

The bus driver was hospitalized in critical condition and underwent surgery.

The man was described by police as a “21-year-old male, White, with blonde curly hair and a thin build.” He’s 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing a red shirt, black pants, and a black backpack.

Police said he was last seen eastbound on Owensmouth Avenue.

Metro Board of Directors Chairman Ara Najarian said a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, according to City News Service.

She added that after the driver was stabbed, he secured the bus so that the passengers were safe.

Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins said that Mayor Karen Bass and council members Paul Krekorian and Bob Blumenfield visited the hospital to comfort the driver's family.

Anyone with any  information is urged to contact Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga Division Detectives at (818) 756-4820.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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