Man arrested after stabbing fellow train passenger with fork, police say

mfountain@thetribunenews.comMay 5, 2014 

Michael Leon Tapp, 47, of Newberry Springs was arrested Saturday, May 3, 2014, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Original story »

Paso Robles police arrested a man who allegedly stabbed another passenger in the face with a fork aboard an Amtrak train early Saturday evening.

According to a news release, at about 5:30 p.m., police received a request for assistance from Amtrak train operators who said there was a fight occurring between men aboard the train as it traveled north to Paso Robles.

Officers boarded the train when it pulled into the station, found two males they say were involved in the fight and arrested Michael Leon Tapp, 47, of Newberry Springs. An unidentified 57-year-old Santa Cruz resident suffered minor injuries to his face and was provided medical assistance at the scene.

Police say that during the fight, Tapp stabbed the unidentified man once in the face with a fork. The alleged victim was able to subdue Tapp with the help of other passengers and detain him until the train arrived at the station.

Police still have no motive for the attack but say it was an isolated incident.

Tapp was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon. As of Monday afternoon, he remained in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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