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More serious charges filed against suspect in TriMet attack

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A grand jury indicted a suspect in a TriMet bus stabbing attack on more serious charges Friday while three victims from the remain hospitalized.

Austin VanHagen, 19, will now face three counts of first-degree assault and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, both felonies. He also faces one count of second-degree intimidation and one count of fourth-degree assault, both misdemeanors.

Oregon City Police said Vanhagen's charges were increased because of information the detectives received from medical staff regarding the victims.

The attack happened just before 11 p.m. Tuesday on the 33 Route on Molalla Avenue near Clairmont Way.

Oregon City Police said Vanhagen yelled racial slurs while on the bus, but it wasn't clear if the slurs were directed at the bus driver, who is black, or some passengers who were on the bus.

Three passengers tackled Vanhagen after he stabbed the bus driver in the stomach, police said. While wrestling him to the ground, two passengers were stabbed and one was bitten, they added.

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