Minneapolis police have arrested a suspect in the Tuesday night stabbing of an 18-year-old girl that was captured on a video that quickly made the rounds on social media.
The suspect, a 32-year-old south Minneapolis woman, was booked into Hennepin County jail on suspicion of assault and was being held without bail pending charges, as of Wednesday afternoon. The woman was arrested about 1:14 a.m. on Wednesday, court records show, shortly after the attack reportedly occurred. No court date has been set
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She is suspected of stabbing an 18-year-old girl in the neck during a confrontation near the intersection of 5th Street and Hennepin Avenue S., an area that has seen extra police patrols in recent weeks. The victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for her injuries. Her condition was not immediately known.
The episode happened sometime between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, police said.
Police said that a 13-year-old girl was also taken to the hospital to be treated for a head injury but did not explain how she was injured.
The incident occurred during a fight involving a large group of people, a portion of which was captured on video by a bystander. In the footage, which was widely viewed and shared on social media the following morning, a group of people can be seen tending to the victim, who was seen lying in the street.
The stabbing came amid a surge in violence cross the city.
Council President Barb Johnson said at a committee meeting on Wednesday that fighting crime should be the city’s top priority, pointing to a recent flurry of shootings and other violent episodes.
“Everything in our city should be focused on public safety because that’s the No. 1 issue as far as I’m concerned,” Johnson said at a meeting of the Public Safety committee.