Northampton woman arraigned, held without bail after PVTA knife attacks in Hadley


A Northampton woman who allegedly attacked two passengers and injured the driver on a PVTA bus in Hadley with a knife was arraigned in the Eastern Hampshire County Court Thursday afternoon.

Mary Carey of the Northwestern District Attorney’s office told 22News 26-year-old Brietta Brown was arraigned on two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of disturbing the peace.

Two passengers riding a PVTA bus were randomly attacked by Brown. Hadley Police said she went at the victims with a knife. The incident ended with both victims suffering neck wounds.

It happened on Route 9 in Hadley, not far from the Amherst town line, near Friendly’s Ice Cream. Other passengers and the bus driver stepped in and disarmed the suspect.

“There were some heroic people on that bus yesterday,” said Hadley Police Sergeant Mitchell Kuc. “Had they not stopped her it could have been a far more grave situation. The people who subdued her, including the bus driver and doing a very expedited evacuation, that certainly resulted in lives being saved.”

According to Hadley Police, it took officers five minutes to get here, after receiving a call about the incident. And once they arrived at the location, they took Brown into custody. 

The bus driver suffered minor injuries to his hands and was taken to hospital after suffering from chest pains. 

All 3 victims have been released from the hospital as of Thursday.

Brown is being held without the right to bail pending a dangerous hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 9.

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