Man arrested for stabbing train passenger with fork
Paso Robles Police responded to the Amtrak Station Saturday evening to remove and arrest a train passenger.
On Saturday at about 5:30 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a call from Amtrak train operators requesting assistance due to a physical fight in progress between multiple adult males on board the train as it traveled north towards Paso Robles.
When the train arrived at the Paso Robles station, officers boarded and found two adult males who had been involved in a fight. The investigation into this event revealed two adult males had engaged in a physical fight, during which one of the subjects stabbed the other subject in the face one time with a fork. The victim of this attack was able to subdue the suspect with the help of other passengers and detain him until the train arrived in Paso Robles.
The victim of this attack, a 57 year old Santa Cruz County resident, suffered minor injuries to his face and was provided medical assistance at the scene. The suspect in this incident was identified as 47 year old Newberry Springs, San Bernardino County, resident Michael Leon Tapp. Tapp was arrested and booked into the SLO County Jail for one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon.
Five Police units, a fire engine and an ambulance responded to the incident. The northbound Coast Starlight was delayed about 30 minutes during the police action.
The motive for this attack is not known, but it does appear to be an isolated incident. Anyone with information about this or any other crimes is encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464. Persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).
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