Suspect arrested after woman almost killed in random knife attack in Tainan City

A woman in Tainan City was attacked by another woman with a knife in Tainan City in what is suspected to be a random attack yesterday, February 22.

At around 6:15pm, a 68-year-old woman named Lin was sitting on a bench taking a rest with her 92-year-old mother after going out to buy dinner when she was approached by a woman and viciously attacked with a knife.

As a passerby approached the women, the attacker fled the scene, leaving Ms Lin laying on the ground bleeding, with fingers severed, and her intestines exposed.

A motorist who had just parked his car at the kerb and witnessed the attack took towels from his car to stem the bleeding while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Lin was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Police investigators worked through the night and used traffic monitor footage to identify a woman in her 30s also named Lin (no relation), and at around 9:00am the suspect was arrested at her family’s home in Tainan City’s East District.

The suspect Lin is said to have previous convictions for drug use and to be emotionally unstable. Lin told police that she has no recollection of the attack and did not know her victim.

Police found a knife with a 15 centimeter-long blade, clothes, and a handbag matching those identified as used in the attack.

According to the police investigation, Ms Lin had parked her motorcycle and walked around 1.5 kilometers to the location of the attack. Lin then walked around 3 to 4 kilometers and circled back to her motorcycle and returned home.

The victim Lin is said to be in a stable condition this morning after undergoing surgery last night.

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Knife used in random attack in Tainan City February 22, 2019.
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Picture released by police who urged the public to assist in identifying the suspect.
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Scene of the attack.

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Sources: United Daily News, China Times.

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