Police: Teen attack on RTA bus was not random

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CLEVELAND -- Another violent incident is reported on an RTA bus, but investigators say the latest attack was not random.

Surveillance video from an RTA bus shows what police describe as a man stabbing a teenager with a knife.  They say it happened around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday on the number 26 bus heading westbound near West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue in Cleveland.

"You just never know. It could happen to anybody," said one regular rider.

But according to an RTA police report, the incident was not random. Officers arrested Arthur Fredd, 52, who now faces assault charges.

They say Fredd told them that just before getting onto the bus, he had purchased marijuana on Public Square and three young men approached him, threatening to beat him up if he didn't give them some.

According to the report, Fredd was "minding his own business" after boarding the bus.

Investigators say one of the young men, a 14-year old boy, walked from the back of the bus and approached him.

According to the report, the boy "invaded the space of Fredd with a clinched fist, while swaying like he was going to strike Fredd."

That's when officers say the video shows him stab the boy in the abdomen with a knife.

The report goes on to say that "Fredd immediately stated that it was self-defense" and an officer says he "located 13 individually packaged plastic bags of suspected marijuana."

"When I ride the bus, I'm comfortable 'cause I know they got cameras on there," said regular RTA passenger, Patricia Morgan.

RTA police say they also arrested a 17-year-old who was with the injured teen, accusing him of pulling out a box cutter to defend his friend. They also say a 22-year-old with the group, will be charged with criminal damaging for kicking out a window on the bus.

This is the latest in a string of incidents in recent weeks on RTA buses, mainly attacks on drivers, including a videotaped incident of a man robbing a driver at gunpoint.

"Mainly it's pretty calm, you know what I'm saying? Sometimes there's a little bit of ups and downs and stuff like that, but I have never seen any violence," said regular passenger, Cristy Farmer.

At last check, the 14-year-old boy was listed in critical condition after undergoing several surgeries.