One person is in police custody after they pulled out a knife on a PVTA bus, injuring at least 2 people early Wednesday evening.
Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason told 22News the suspect, 26-year-old Brietta Brown, is facing several attempt to commit murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges.
Chief Mason said his department received a 911 call from PVTA dispatch services to report that a passenger on one of their buses had pulled a knife threatening passengers around 4:12 p.m.
The PVTA dispatch told police before they arrived that multiple passengers had disarmed the suspect but were still struggling.
Chief Mason said the bus stopped on Route 9 near Friendly’s Ice Cream, that was when officers arrived and took the suspect into custody.
Chief Mason confirmed that two passengers were injured by Brown and suffered non-life threatening throat injuries. Chief Mason added that the driver of the bus who had assisted in disarming the suspect suffered minor injuries to his hands from the knife, but then began to suffer from chest pain as police arrived at the Route 9 location.
Amherst Fire Department ambulances took three people to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
Injured passengers told police the suspect slashed both of their throats with the knife “in an unprovoked attack.”