BERKELEY -- A man suspected of randomly stabbing another passenger Monday night on an AC Transit bus is facing an attempted murder charge, police said Wednesday.
Eric Palmer, 24, of Berkeley, was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Palmer was booked into the Berkeley City Jail without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday,¿ police said.
"At this point in the investigation there is no motive, it just seems like a very random attack," said Berkeley police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.
At 9:50 p.m. Monday, as the bus was traveling along San Pablo Avenue, police said Palmer walked down the bus aisle, pulled out a knife and said "watch this," before stabbing a 21-year-old woman who was seated on the bus. Police said he did not know the woman. The woman was stabbed twice during the attack.
Another passenger, a 25-year-old man whose name was not released, jumped in to help and struck the knife-wielding man with a skateboard, Coats said. But even then, Palmer broke away and charged at her again, said Coats.
Palmer got off the bus, which had pulled over on San Pablo Avenue near Chaucer Street, and was detained by a police sergeant at gunpoint.
Police had been flagged down by a passenger who had run off and alerted an officer who was at nearby San Pablo Avenue and Bancroft Way, Coats said.
The victim suffered serious injuries, and was transported to a hospital Monday night. She was recovering at home Wednesday, police said.
The investigation is ongoing, but police said the actions of the good Samaritan who intervened may have saved the woman's life.
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