Terrace RCMP are reminding people to be aware and vigilant after a stabbing sent a man to hospital, where he is recovering.
According to a Terrace RCMP media release, police received a report of a stabbing on Tuesday, May 4 just after 4 p.m. A man was walking by himself in a residential area and observed a woman who appeared to be following him. She seemed to be lost or needing assistance.
The woman then ran up behind the man and stabbed him before running away. The man and woman did not know each other and the attack was unprovoked.
Police said in the media release that the man listened closely and heard the woman approach, allowing him to provide a detailed description to the RCMP which led to the woman’s arrest. The woman is being held in custody and the results of the investigation will be sent to BC Prosecution Services for the consideration of charges.
The RCMP lauded the man’s situational awareness, and urge the public to be alert to their surroundings, put phones away and avoid people or situations that feel unsafe. According to the media release, attackers will often rely on the element of surprise and target victims that are not paying attention.
Police also remind people that in a situation where there is an unavoidable physical confrontation they have the right to defend themselves.
“Statistics show that your odds are better if you fight back. Aim for the eyes first, groin second. Strike quickly and mean business,” the release states.
“If you see someone in your community who seems suspicious or out of place, don’t hesitate to phone police.”
People with information about a crime can contact the Terrace RCMP at 250 638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1 800-222-TIPS or online at www.terracecrimestoppers.ca