What to Know
- A person was stabbed inside a municipal building in New Jersey Thursday in what appears to be a random attack, police say
- Lakewood Police say that the victim is not believed to have sustained life threatening injuries but was transported to a local hospital
- The stabbing suspect, who has since been arrested, also punched an officer, police say
A senior citizen was stabbed around the head multiple times inside a municipal building in New Jersey Thursday in what appears to be a random attack, police say.
Lakewood Police say that the victim was about to get on an elevator when the incident occured. It is not believed the victim sustained life threatening injuries but was transported to a local hospital for treatment and further evaluation.
According to Capt. Greg Staffordsmith, as the elevator opened, the suspect exited and attacked the victim without warning.
"At this point, there’s nothing to suggest that this was not random however we have to conduct a thorough investigation and that will determine the events,” Staffordsmith said, adding investigators are unsure what the motive behind the attack was.
Police say that around 10:55 a.m. they were alerted via panic alarms of an issue in the municipal complex and were informed that an unidentified man was apparently acting disorderly.
Once police arrived at the location, the alleged stabbing suspect, who was sitting in a hallway chair, allegedly struck at least one officer in the eye when police attempted to gain information from him.
Police allegedly recovered a folding knife that dislodged from the man's waistband, which they believe was used in the earlier stabbing.
The suspect was arrested and the investigation is ongoing, police say.