A teenage suspect was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a driver who asked him to put out a cigarette on a bus in France this week, according to reports.
The disturbing incident unfolded on Tuesday afternoon in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, a city in the Normandy region.
A bus driver noticed a rider had lit up a cigarette onboard, which is strictly forbidden, and asked him to extinguish it.
The smoker, a young male, responded with insults and aggression, prompting the driver to pull over at a stop and order him off.
The suspect flew at the driver in a rage, striking him and slashing him multiple times with a knife.
A passenger intervened and helped to neutralize the assailant.
"When the kid got out of the bus, I told him you're a f****t with your dinette knife," the passenger told La Presse de la Manche. "He then attacked me and the driver. The driver received a few sharp blows. We managed to disarm the attacker. The knife fell. We threw ourselves on the young man."
"But several friends (2 or 3) came to his rescue. We were surprised that they came from behind. I took a blow. They fled and joined two girls in a building in the Brécourt residence."
Police recovered a knife in bushes near the scene and arrested the 17-year-old suspect.
"This is the first time this has happened to us. Of course, there had been verbal and physical attacks, but never with knives, this is a first. The situation is deteriorating and attacks have multiplied in recent weeks. It's intolerable," a union spokesman said.
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