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18-year-old faces charges in stabbing of 2 bus passengers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee 18-year-old faces charges on accusations he stabbed two female bus passengers last week.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Jerome Newell Jr. is charged with substantial battery, second-degree reckless injury and armed robbery.

A judge ordered him on Tuesday to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if he’s competent to stand trial. He’s being held without bail at the Milwaukee County Jail. Newell’s defense attorney declined to comment on the case early Thursday.

Authorities say Newell stabbed one of the victims April 20 after demanding her phone when they both got off a bus. She was treated at a hospital for a collapsed lung.

Newell also is suspected of stabbing a 14-year-old girl in the neck after stealing her phone on the bus.

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