The British Transport Police are hunting for a man who fatally stabbed a 51-year-old man in a surrey train between Guildford and London Waterloo.
The father of a fourteen-year-old was stabbed multiple times by the apparent stranger a few minutes after boarding the train.
The incident was traumatic to the fourteen-year-old boy who is believed to have witnessed the attack.
A call at 1.15pm to Horsley station reported to paramedics and officers of “a serious incident” in a train. Despite the swift response from emergency responders, the injuries were severe, and the victim lost his life on transit.
Both the victim and the killer boarded the train at 1.01pm at the London road station, and after the attack, the killer sped out at Clandon station.
No arrests have been made yet despite officers flooding the area with aerial support from police helicopters.
The killer is described as a black man in his late twenties or early thirties, about 6ft tall. He is of a slim stature with beards and was dressed in black and white trainers. Police say he was dressed in a t-shirt despite the cold weather in the UK. There have been possible sightings of the suspect, but police have not yet made a visual confirmation.
A 16-year-old resident of Clandon area recounts a stop by police officers who asked him if he had seen a ‘man running from the station.’ Another man in the area, Matt Phelps, alongside his coworker was surprised to realize that the man the police were hunting for was somebody familiar after a brief description from the police.
The killing caused some disruption of services as SWR used replacement buses because the rail lines were closed or diverted.
The BTP says that anyone who has information related to the stabbing can contact the police through text on 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.