Stabbing attack of bus driver captured during 911 call

LAS VEGAS - A Greyhound bus driver is badly injured after a passenger stabbed him multiple times. The attack and aftermath were recorded during the 911 call.

“He's got a knife, he's got a knife,” the bus driver told dispatchers moments before the struggle.

The 55-year-old bus driver called authorities saying the passenger refused to sit down or leave the bus, according to Trooper Jason Buratczuk, Nevada Highway Patrol. 

“He pulled off to the side of the road, and he let our dispatchers know that he was dealing with an unruly passenger,” Buratczuk said.

The situation quickly took a turn for the worse. The dispatcher could hear a struggle before the bus driver returned to the phone. 

Bus driver: “Can you hear me?”
Dispatcher: “Hi, what's going on?”
Bus driver: “I believe I've been stabbed.”
Dispatcher: “You were stabbed?”
Bus driver: “I jumped off the bus.”
Dispatcher: “Where were you stabbed?”
Bus driver: “In my chest area.”

When troopers arrived at the scene, they say they found the bus driver suffering from two stab wounds to the chest and one to the leg. 

The dispatcher quickly conferenced the Clark County Fire Department in on the call to tell the driver how to administer first aid to himself until the ambulance and troopers arrived.

“I'm going to tell you how to stop the bleeding. I need you to find a clean, dry cloth or towel. If somebody has a jacket, anything clean. I want you to place it on your chest and press down firmly. Do not lift it up to look okay,” CCFD explained to the man over the phone.  

Paramedics eventually located the Greyhound bus and the injured driver and rushed him to University Medical Center. 

“Dispatchers, they don’t get all the credit they deserve sometimes. They're the unsung heroes of law enforcement,” Buratczuk said. 

Investigators say 31-year-old Armando Juarez ran from the scene and was seen trying to punch passing cars. Responding troopers found him and took the suspect into custody. 

Troopers believe Juarez was under the influence. He was also brought to UMC where he faces a charge of attempted murder.

The bus driver, who is from Las Vegas, is expected to survive. 
 


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