The operator, a 55-year-old man, was attacked inside his cable car at about 4:18 p.m. near Mason and Jackson streets, while the car was stopped during track maintenance operations, police said.
He was knifed several times in the torso and arm, and was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said today the man remains at the hospital but is expected to survive.
The operator is a 12-year veteran of the transit agency.
The man suspected of stabbing him, 32-year-old George Luong (not Huong, as was previously reported), was
arrested at his home on Himmelmann Place a few blocks away, after a witness led officers in that direction and fresh blood was found on the handrail of the apartment building, according to police.
Luong remained in custody today on suspicion of attempted murder, Dangerfield said.
Investigators are still waiting to interview the victim, and the motive for the stabbing – which was witnessed by several people – remains unclear, according to Dangerfield.
“People heard screaming and arguing,” and saw an altercation between the suspect and the operator, Dangerfield said.
Three members of Luong’s family – Rocky Luong, 64, Kimberly Luong, 28, and Vicky Luong, 35 – were cited for interfering with a police investigation and assault on a police officer after they allegedly tried to prevent officers from entering the home to arrest Luong, Dangerfield said.
Ari Burack, Bay City News