A Yuba City man has been charged in connection with last week’s machete attack at San Francisco International Airport that left three injured.
Karamjit Singh, 33, is charged in San Mateo County with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, as well as one count of vandalism.
According to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, Singh entered SFO’s international terminal on Friday and stabbed three people with a 2-foot machete near the ticket office and food court.
The attacker appeared to be motivated by a conspiracy theory related to the September 11 attacks. After cutting his first two victims, prosecutors say Singh dropped a stack of papers with his writings claiming Greeks and Indians were responsible for the terror attack.
Prosecutors say Singh continued to distribute his writings throughout the airport and at one point wrote similar sentiments on the airport wall.
San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe said responders arrested Singh at the scene and deemed him to be suffering from a mental health crisis. The police first took him to a psychiatric care facility; he was later transferred to prison, where he is being held without bond.
Mental health issues and his “rant about who was really responsible for 9/11” appear to be the motivations for the attack, Wagstaffe said. He added that Singh had previously shared 9/11 conspiracy theories with Yuba City police and the FBI.
The three victims of the machete attack are expected to recover. The first two victims suffered serious back and shoulder injuries, while the third victim suffered minor injuries, Wagstaffe said.
Singh’s arraignment was postponed until Friday for the court to provide a Punjabi interpreter.