Fresno woman confused by her son's accused actions

Sheriff's deputies say Robert Moran Vasquez stabbed two men on bus

FRESNO, Calif. - A Fresno man is accused of attacking and stabbing two people on a Portland Greyhound bus en route to Boise. When his mother heard the news, she said it was out-of-character.

The incident happened Wednesday night after 11:30 p.m., according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office said Robert Moran Vasquez, 32, attacked the bus driver as it made its way onto I-84.

The bus driver and another passenger were stabbed -- the bus driver being stabbed in the neck. Vasquez was arrested after he ran off the bus.

"I don't see my son as a violent person," said Marta Vasquez, Robert Moran Vasquez's mother. "Something went wrong."

Over the phone, Marta Vasquez said the news of her son is unlike him.

"He's a hard-working man. He's kind, so I really don't understand what happened," she said.

Marta Vasquez said her son was on his way to Boise after ending things with his girlfriend, wanting to "move out and start all over again."

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said Robert Moran Vasquez has been arrested many times over the years. Fresno Police last arrested him in 2016 for being a felon in possession of ammunition. He also has four felonies under his belt.

For now, Marta Vasquez said she has a son in Idaho keeping an eye on the situation. However, she and her family are still figuring out the next steps.

"I don't know what to do, my mind is just blank," she said.

The bus driver is recovering at home after a short stay at the hospital.

Robert Moran Vasquez did have a court appearance Friday, he is being charged with attempted murder and second-degree assault.


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