According to Le Parisien, the woman collapsed immediately when a homeless man stabbed her in the back several times and sliced her carotid artery at just before 4 pm on Thursday. Emergency services arrived quickly on the scene but were unable to resuscitate the victim.
“I heard a woman’s cry, then saw an older man leave the Rue Marcel-Dufriche with a big knife in his hand,” said the manager of a store located close to the crime scene.
He told the newspaper: “[The assailant] threatened passers-by and was going back and forth between the victim and the [graffiti-covered] wall of the Halle Marcel-Dufriche. The police arrived very quickly.”
Officers found the knifeman, who is of foreign origin, “in an alcove next to the crime scene, with a blood-stained knife in his hand” and took him into police custody.
The judicial police in charge of the case said the suspect made incoherent remarks, and that his reason for launching the attack is unknown. According to police sources, the man “was living in a vacant lot nearby”, and had “arrived recently in France”.