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SkyTrain Stabbings Lead To Teen Girls' Arrest

03/19/2013 01:55 EDT | Updated 03/17/2014 11:59 EDT

Two teenage girls, who were banned from transit, are in custody after an alleged stabbing rampage that spanned three SkyTrain stations in the Greater Vancouver area.

The pair, aged 14 and 15, started an argument on Monday with two young women across the street from Gateway SkyTrain station in Surrey, Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan told The Huffington Post B.C.

All four walked to the SkyTrain station where one of the women was slashed on the forearm with an eight-inch steak knife. The cut was "several inches long" and required stitches, Drennan said on Tuesday.

The suspects later got on a train and threatened a woman with a knife, believed to be the same one used in the Gateway station slashing. When she got off the train at Columbia station in New Westminster, the woman turned around to see the teens following her before she was punched in the face, said Drennan.

The teens then rode the SkyTrain to Joyce Station, where they stabbed a man who used a pizza box to defend himself. He suffered a cut to one of his fingers.

The suspects were arrested a short distance from the station. They face charges of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, threats and possessing a weapon dangerous to the public.

"This all appears to be random violence," Drennan said. "None of the victims were known to the suspects; the suspects are both well known to police."

The teens have had 142 encounters with police in the past 15 months, reported B.C. CTV. They were banned from using the public transit system as part of their court conditions, said News 1130.

Transit Police said they believe the girls are part of a loosely organized gang and involved in stealing cellphones from SkyTrain passengers over the past year, said CTV.

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