Woman stabbed at San Francisco International Airport
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A Nevada man is in custody after allegedly using a Swiss Army knife with a 3-inch blade to stab a stranger boarding an airplane at San Francisco International Airport, police said.
Oren Callier Peters, 25, of Reno, Nev., was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest Wednesday after allegedly stabbing the woman in her upper back, puncturing her lung.
After the attack, he ran down the jet bridge and was pinned against the wall by a passenger, whose wrist was cut by the knife in the scuffle, said airport spokesman Ron Wilson.
Peters then broke free and was wrestled to the ground by another passenger and an airline employee about 10 feet from the plane’s entrance, Wilson said. He was placed in plastic handcuffs obtained from the airplane’s captain until police arrived.
”He had given his ticket to the agent and was on the way to board the airplane,” Wilson said. ”He just went bonkers.”
Linda Uptegrove, 39, of Bend, Ore., was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where she was in fair condition Thursday, said hospital spokeswoman Gloria Rodriguez. The other passengers were not seriously injured.
The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. as Uptegrove was boarding United Airlines flight 2432 bound for Reno. She told police Peters had been standing near her in the waiting area, and when the boarding announcement was made, Peters apparently ran past ticket agents and stabbed the woman as she stood on the jet bridge.
Peters was taken to the San Mateo County Jail. The plane was moved to another gate and departed about 30 minutes after the incident, Wilson said.
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