A woman was taken into police custody in the Maryland suburbs of Washington after a series of apparent random stabbings and pedestrians being struck by a vehicle occurred over approximately two hours. Prince George’s County police responded to the incidents and provided updates during a news conference.
Six individuals were injured, with two of them hospitalized in critical condition as per Deputy Chief James McCreary. Surveillance footage of the woman was released, and she was described as a person of interest in the string of attacks. Later, police announced her detainment.
McCreary mentioned the apparent randomness of the acts and stated that investigators would explore any potential connections between the victims and the attacker.
The sequence of events began with a report of a pedestrian struck by a car, followed by another incident less than 2 miles away where a driver struck an adult and a teenager, then proceeded to stab the teenager. The 15-year-old victim was in critical condition. Subsequently, two more pedestrians were struck and injured a few miles away from the scene, with both sustaining non-life threatening injuries. About an hour later, a stabbing at a gas station several miles away left a man in critical condition.
McCreary expressed the unusual nature and rapid evolution of these events, noting his two decades of experience in the police department.