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Court orders Northampton woman held following knife attack on bus riders

  • At 4:12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Hadley police received a 911 call from PVTA dispatch services reporting that a passenger on one of their buses had pulled a knife and threatened passengers, according to a press release on the department’s Facebook page. —HADLEY POLICE



Thursday, May 03, 2018

BELCHERTOWN — A Northampton woman accused of slashing bus passengers in Hadley was ordered held without right to bail Thursday.

Brietta Brown, 26, pleaded not guilty in Eastern Hampshire District Court to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disturbing the peace and two counts of attempted murder. She was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for May 9 in the same court.

At 4:12 p.m. on Wednesday, Hadley police received a 911 call from Pioneer Valley Transit Authority dispatch services reporting that a passenger on one of their buses had pulled a knife and threatened passengers, according to a press release on the department’s Facebook page.

According to police, the caller said multiple passengers on the bus had disarmed the knife-wielding passenger, but were still struggling.

Two passengers were cut and suffered injuries to their throats, according to police. They were taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

The injured passengers reported that the suspect, Brown, had slashed both of their throats with the knife in an unprovoked attack.

Police said the driver of the bus helped disarm the suspect and received minor cuts on his hands. As officers arrived, the driver began to suffer from chest pain and police said he, too, was taken to the hospital.