Knife Attack on Tape

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 8:47am

Nevada attempts to stab another man on a bus, then begins stripping when police arrive.

It was just before 6:30 on an RTC commuter bus headed for Carson City, Nevada

The surveillance videotape aboard the bus appears to show 45-year-old Merle Buffalo suddenly grabbing the man in front of him around the throat, and the man pushes him away.

Then, Buffalo appears to fumble with a small knife and the other man heads for the front of the bus.

The bus driver immediately radios for help and pulls over.

Other cameras show passengers getting off the bus through two doors and walking quickly away down Highway 395.

After a few moments, Buffalo also gets off, gets into a shouting match with another passenger, and leans against the bus.

Within minutes, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper is on scene, Buffalo begins shouting and taking off his clothes, apparently challenging the trooper.

When a second officer arrives, Buffalo is ordered to the ground and arrested on battery and assault charges.

No one was injured in the incident.

"But it had to be an emotional morning; you never expect that on your morning commute," said Trooper Chuck Allen of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Allen says Buffalo had apparently been drinking, and records show an extensive criminal past including battery, assault, domestic violence and alcohol-related offenses.

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