Dec 6, 2014 10:16 AM
Police: Michigan stabber wounds 4 on Amtrak train
The Associated Press
NILES, Mich. (AP) A 44-year-old man stabbed an Amtrak conductor and three other people none fatally in southwestern Michigan before police officers subdued and arrested him, authorities said.
The attack happened Friday night in Niles, which is about 10 miles north of South Bend, Indiana. Police dispatch received a call at around 7 p.m. from someone on the train reporting a suspicious person, and the attack was already underway when officers arrived at the depot, Niles police Chief Jim Millin said.
Officers pushed their way through passengers who were rushing to get out of the train car and confronted the suspect, who was armed with a knife, Millin said in a news release on Saturday. They quickly subdued him by using a stun gun and took him into custody, he said.
Police did not disclose the suspect's name or a possible motive for the attack. They did say he is from Saginaw, about 160 miles northwest of Niles, and that he boarded the train in Chicago. The train was headed from Chicago to Port Huron with 172 passengers onboard.
The four victims three males and a female were taken to either Lakeland-Niles Hospital or Memorial Hospital in South Bend. Niles Mayor Michael McCauslin said the wounded included the train's conductor, a female passenger and two male passengers.
Millin said that although initial reports were that at least one of the victims was in serious condition, all four victims were in stable condition as of 9 a.m. Saturday.
The train remained in Niles for hours after the attack while investigators gathered evidence and spoke to witnesses, and it finally resumed its journey at 1:20 a.m. Saturday.
Passenger Caitlin Cipri told the South Bend Tribune that she was packing her things to get off the train when she heard screaming. She initially thought the suspect was punching a passenger until she saw the butt of a knife. Cipri said she then saw the man stab two other people.
"It was terrifying and you don't think something like that is going to happen to you," Cipri said. "It's terrifying that things like this happen."