The extent of their injuries varied but the Fresno Police Department said all three victims were expected to be okay. The first incident happened around 4 p.m. at the Greyhound bus station in Downtown Fresno. Police said the victim was stabbed as he waiting to board a bus. Moments later, the suspect took off followed by a security guard and the victim. "The guy that was stabbed came out after him and said, 'That guy tried to stab me.' He had his hand on his back and I had already seen the big blood spot. That's when he noticed he was actually stabbed," said witness Kristina McCarty.
Within a half hour of the first stabbing, Fresno police got a call of another stabbing at the Fulton Mall, just a few blocks from the bus center. The suspect left the scene and the victim walked to the Fresno Rescue Mission, where an ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital.
Then, an hour and a half after the first stabbing, police said the suspect stabbed a man at an IHOP on Tulare and R Street. "The guy at the IHOP, his vehicle had broken down and the suspect approached him and stabbed him in the arm," said Sgt. Edie Barrios.
That victim chased after the suspect and police eventually caught up to the pair at First and Belmont in Central Fresno. The suspect has been identified as 29 year old William Jimenez. He was also taken to the hospital to be treated for cuts on his hands.
Police don't have a motive but said all the attacks seemed random in nature, something that made the situation even scarier for those who witnessed it. "I was standing over there by the phone, would have been right in his way. But I just happened to move over here so I wasn't in his way when it happened," said McCarty.