“All of a sudden, we all heard this scream, this bloodcurdling scream”, said Garnet Caton. He was on the bus, sitting just in front of the victim who has been stabbed and decapitated by another passenger on a Canadian bus (photo, from aljazeera.net) overnight on Wednesday. Police and witnesses said that the 40-year-old man then displayed the head to horrified passengers.
He was taken into custody on a remote stretch of Canadian motorway, about 20km from the town of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, but has not been charged, Canadian police said on Thursday.
Garnet Caton also said that when the attack was over, the man displayed his victim’s severed head to the other passengers.
“The attacker was standing up right over top of the guy with a large hunting knife, a survival, Rambo knife, holding the guy and continually stabbing him, stabbing him, stabbing him in the chest area”, Mr Caton told CBC Television.
‘Like a robot’
He added that while passengers fled the bus and waited for police, the attack continued, and the driver, along with another passenger, desperately tried to hold the bus door closed, in order to prevent the attacker from leaving.
“He calmly walks up to the front [of the bus] with the head in his hand and the knife and just calmly stares at us and drops the head right in front of us”, Mr Caton said.
“There was no rage in him … It was just like he was a robot or something.”
When he broke a window and tried to escape from the bus by jumping out, the man was apprehended, said Sergeant Steve Colwell of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
According to passengers, the attacker did not seem to know the victim, who appeared to be about 19-years-old.