Knife-wielding suspect arrested after injuring 3 patrons inside Auburn Library

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The Latest on the Auburn Library Stabbings (all times PST): Around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Auburn police arrested the suspect they believe is connected to the stabbings.

He was found in the area  of 200 Carolyn Street in Auburn.

The suspect faces two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

AUBURN, Calif. (KTXL) -- Auburn police say three men were wounded Tuesday afternoon in a knife attack inside a library.

At around 1:40 p.m., two patrons inside the Auburn Library were stabbed by an attacker who had a knife, according to police. A third person was slashed while trying to stop the assailant as he ran from the library.

Witness Lonnie Brewer told reporters he was sitting next to the first victim, who was on a library computer. Brewer described how a strange man came up behind the victim, wrapping his arms around the victim before stabbing him multiple times.

"He stabbed him in the neck. He stabbed him in the stomach and then he ran out," Brewer recalled. "Then as he's running out, there's a guy on the computer and then he hit him in the head like this. And then he ran out the door and started running."

All three victims have been hospitalized but Auburn police have not provided details about their injuries. Brewer said the man who was stabbed in the side of the head appeared alright after he was bandaged up.

Police say they are still searching for the assailant who witnesses saw running from the library before disappearing.

The attacker has been described by police as a black man between 20 and 30 years old. He is around 6 feet, 3 inches to 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs just under 200 pounds. At the time, he was wearing a black, zip-up sweatshirt, a black shirt, black shorts and black shoes.

Brewer said he believed the man was homeless and told reporters he had seen the man Monday at the library.

Auburn police released these two photos of a person of interest who was seen running from the area at the time of the attack in the library. CLICK TO VIEW LARGER

Auburn police investigators later released two images taken by a citizen who turned them over to police believing they might be instrumental in the investigation. Police are calling the man in the pictures a person of interest.

"We were able to get stills off the video footage of a person of interest, only in the fact that this person matches the physical description of the suspect and they were in the area at the time that this incident occurred," said Auburn Police Lt. Michael Garlock.

Police also responded to the nearby train station after the knife attack, where they detained and later released a man.

Residents near the scene on Nevada Street have been told to stay away from the library.

Anyone who sees the attacker should not confront him and should call the Auburn Police Department at 530-823-4234.

This story is developing.

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