Officers with the Oakland Police Department arrested a 29-year-old man for allegedly stabbing a female student in the face with a large knife. CBS SF Bay Area reports that just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, a 14-year-old girl, whose name has not been released, was on her way to school when she was attacked just outside of a nursing home in the 400 block of 29th Street, near Telegraph Avenue and Broadway.
Police officials did not immediately identify the suspect, but he is said to be a resident of Oakland, California. It was reported that before the stabbing, the man confronted the teen, but no further details on what was said have been released.
The staff at the nursing home stated that as the teen girl was being attacked, they immediately intervened and distracted the suspect, which prompted him to point the knife at them. During that time the victim was able to escape and run for help.
Emergency medical personnel were called to the scene and transported the girl, who had recently started her freshman year at an alternative school called Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy, to a local hospital where officials say her condition has since been listed as stable.
The victim’s classmate, Jasmine Gaona, was only a block away from the high school when she noticed the girl’s bloodied face and a man running away from the scene with a large knife in his hand, possibly about a foot long.
The suspect fled the scene on foot after allegedly stabbing the teen multiple times in the face, but witnesses chased him down Summit Street, and Oakland Police later arrived at the scene and arrested him. East Bay Times reports that the responding officers recovered knives near the area where the suspect was apprehended.
Marco Marquez, a spokesperson for the Oakland Police Department, stated that the stabbing attack appears to be random, as the suspect and the victim are unknown to each other. Detectives dubbed the staff at the nursing home “heroes” for stepping in and helping the girl who was being attacked by a complete stranger. The Providence Group spokesperson, Spencer Brenton, said that the employees saved the girl’s life.
A motive for the violent stabbing is unknown, but the Oakland Police Department is conducting an investigation.
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