17-year-old boy arrested after stabbing bus driver and leaving him in critical condition

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in the stabbing of a bus driver in California’s San Fernando Valley.

The incident happened on a Metro bus in Woodland Hills, where an argument took place between the boy and the driver. Both individuals stepped off the bus before the boy pulled out a knife or sharp object and stabbed the driver, ABC 7 reported.

The bus driver is currently in critical condition.

“The nature of the injuries he sustained were definitely beyond life-threatening, and certainly in many other instances he would not have survived the level of this attack,” Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore told reporters on Thursday.

Although police did release the identity of the suspect due to his age, they issued a $25,000 reward for information leading to his capture earlier Thursday. He was described as a 6-foot-tall man, about 21 years old, with blonde (although security images show seemingly darker) curly hair, a red shirt, black pants and a black backpack.

“Words fail to capture the depth of our sorrow and our concern for our injured employee,” Metro Board of Directors Chairman Ara Najarian said. “I know this board stands together, united in our prayers and hopes for the operator’s swift and complete recovery. This heart-wrenching incident reminds us of the risks our front-line employees face each day as they strive to serve our community in the face of such adversity.”

Watch a report on the story below via ABC 7:

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