RTD bus stabbing was “without provocation or warning,” Denver police say

The man accused of fatally stabbing two people along Federal Boulevard in northwest Denver gave no warning before he began attacking the first victim on a Regional Transportation District bus, according to an arrest affidavit.

Vinchenzo Moscoso, 29, is suspected of first-degree murder in connection with two stabbings that occurred nearly five hours and 2 miles apart on the morning of Sept. 14.

An RTD driver called 911 at 5:11 a.m. to report a stabbing on her bus in the 3200 block of North Federal Boulevard, where police found the first victim with “multiple sharp force injuries” to his neck and bleeding heavily.

The man, identified as Fidel Banuelos Sanchez, 51, died at a local hospital at 5:37 a.m.

Surveillance footage from the bus showed Moscoso getting on the bus at 5:08 a.m. and walking directly to the back of the bus. Moscoso began stabbing the victim “without provocation or warning,” according to the affidavit.

Other passengers began running toward the front of the bus, and as the bus driver stopped and opened the bus doors, Moscoso calmly exited through the back doors, according to the affidavit. One passenger attempted to save Sanchez’s life after the attack.

The second stabbing was reported at 9:50 a.m. 2 miles north in the 5000 block of Federal Boulevard when a witness saw a woman lying on the ground bleeding with the suspect standing nearby.

Responding officers reported seeing blood on Moscoso’s hands and finding a bloody knife in his pocket.

The woman, later identified as Judith Corcoran, 83, was pronounced dead at the scene due to sharp force injuries to the neck. Both deaths were ruled as homicides by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

Moscoso was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is in custody on a $5 million bail, according to court records. He is set to appear in Denver District Court on Thursday.

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