Every weekday, some one million Southern Californians board a Metro bus as part of their routine. Serious crime is almost unheard of, according to Metro, only three of them for that one million number. But whatever the number, if someone is randomly riding buses and stabbing people with a screwdriver, that is scary and unsettling. Fortunately, the L.A. County Sheriff's Transit Police Division believes they've got their man.
Friday, after a stabbing in Cypress Park at about 5:30am and then another on a bus in Maywood at Atlantic and Slauson about 10:30am, a swarm of deputies arrested a 24-year-old named Hector Resendez, described simply as “a homeless person.” For no apparent reason, authorities say, he singled out men in the their 50s, walked up to them without provocation, and stabbed them with a screwdriver. The injuries were categorized as ''superficial', though if you were the recipient of a stab wound from a screwdriver perhaps you wouldn't use that term. In four of the eight attacks dating back to June 16th, it's believed the victims didn't even need or request hospitalization.
Here's a fact you may or may not know about Metro buses. There are seven video cameras that record everything that happens, plus many buses have a new ''Smart Drive'' system which can add another image, with audio, of the very front area of the bus to the video recordings. So, whatever happens is usually caught on tape. Good news for prosecutors, bad news for Mr. Resendez, who may not be riding another bus for quite a while.