A man who is seen in surveillance video stabbing an East Los Angeles bus passenger earlier this month has been charged with attempted murder and mayhem, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
Manuel Ortiz Jr., aka Chubbs, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday but it was continued to May 9.
Ortiz, 27, was arrested April 12, three days after the incident occurred on a Montebello Public Transit bus along Whittier Boulevard.
Ortiz allegedly stabbed a 23-year-old man multiple times on the neck and head. The victim was left in critical condition, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Officials released video of what Sheriff Jim McDonnell called a “savage attack,” which appeared to be unprovoked.
A motive for the crime remains unknown.
Ortiz’s bail was set at more than $1 million. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday, but it was continued to May 9.
Ortiz faces 35 years to life in prison for the incident.