Grandmother: Stabbing suspect needs mental help

Dec 7, 2014 1:57 PM by News Staff

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - The 89-year-old grandmother of a Michigan man charged with attempted murder in the stabbings of three other passengers and a conductor aboard an Amtrak train says he needs psychological help.

Ethel Williams told The Associated Press during a phone interview Sunday that her grandson Michael Williams was never the same after military service. She says the 44-year-old Saginaw man once told her "it seemed like everywhere he goes people was following him."

The stabbings occurred Friday night as the Chicago-to-Port Huron train was stopped in Niles in southwestern Michigan, about 10 miles north of South Bend, Indiana. Niles police said Sunday that the victims remain in stable condition.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Colonel Jeff Pool was not able Sunday to verify if Williams served in the military.

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