MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A terrifying trip! Milwaukee police say a man stabbed two women in separate armed robberies, and they happened on board Milwaukee County buses. What the suspect was allegedly after has commuters fuming.
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect in these incidents.
The first happened near 34th and Silver Spring at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20th. The victim, a 21-year-old Milwaukee woman, and the suspect both exited a Milwaukee County Transit System bus when the suspect took out a knife and demanded the victim’s belongings. The suspect than stabbed the victim and fled northbound on N. 35th Street. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Police believe the same suspect was involved in a similar incident just before 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21st near 27th and Highland. The suspect approached a 14-year-old Milwaukee girl on a bus, demanded her phone, and then stabbed her. A citizen chased the suspect but the suspect was able to get away. The citizen was able to get the victim’s phone back. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
"A phone shouldn't matter that much to someone to stab someone over it!" Oshawun Chalmers said.
Chalmers and Tracey Booker ride the bus every day. They couldn't believe what they saw on surveillance video.
"It was just ridiculous. Totally ridiculous. I mean, it`s a whole bus full of people and nobody tried to help," Booker said.
A FOX6 News crew found a large kitchen knife in the street near the crime scene on Tuesday night. It is unclear whether that knife is connected to these stabbings.
The suspect is described as male, black, between 15-20 years-old, 5’5” to 5’7” tall, and between 130-140 pounds. In both incidents he was wearing a distinctive “Buffalo plaid” jacket with a black and white checkerboard pattern. In the first incident, he was wearing a blue drawstring backpack.
Milwaukee police say they have identified the suspect and are seeking him.