Man in Wheelchair Arrested after Stabbing Capitol Custodian in Downtown Sacramento

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO -- At the State Capitol, employees were on edge Thursday after one of their own was viciously attacked while leaving work Wednesday afternoon.

The victim, an Assembly custodial worker, was stabbed by a homeless man downtown near 11th and O streets, according to Sacramento police. At 5 p.m., it is probably one of the most populated intersections in terms of pedestrians in the city.

"We actually have a parking garage used by the legislator, as well as a surface lot right up that street," said Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova.

Cooley says that’s what alarms him about Wednesday's attack, as the victim was under his purview as a legislative employee.

"I’m actually the chair of the Rules Committee, which is the committee which oversees HR issues in the Assembly," Cooley told FOX40.

Sean O'Neal, 47 (Credit: Sacramento Police Department)

Sacramento police say Sean O'Neal was sitting in a wheelchair when he got into a fight with the victim. O'Neal eventually stabbed the man in the arm.

"What we do know is that there was some sort of argument and the suspect did spit on the victim, and then that led the suspect getting out of his wheelchair and stabbing the victim," said Sacramento Police Sgt. Vance Chandler.

O'Neal ran off but was quickly captured by CHP officers in Capitol Park.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is doing OK thanks to the quick actions of his colleagues.

"I understand a number of DGS custodial employees were right on the scene," Cooley said. "Someone else took a belt off and put it on the arm to kind of tourniquet sort of thing."

Cooley says he went to the scene of the attack Wednesday afternoon and the next morning. He and other lawmakers are letting their staff members know of the attack and warning everyone to be careful.

"It’s very disturbing," Cooley said. "We, of course, on behalf of our employees, will look at how we provide security. But I’ve already initiated those conversations."

For the most part, office employees and state workers FOX40 has talked to in the area say they feel safe.

Meanwhile, O'Neal is behind bars and will face charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon and a bail of $50,000.

Editor's Note: The suspect's last name has been corrected and is O'Neal.

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