Police: Teen randomly attacks woman outside beauty spa

January 7, 2020 GMT

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police have arrested a teenager they say stabbed a woman in a random attack in the parking lot of a Connecticut beauty spa.

Ellis Tibere, 18, of Guilford, was charged with criminal attempt at murder, first-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon in connection with the Monday attack in Westport, police said.

The 33-year-old victim, a Greenwich resident, was sitting in her car prior to an appointment when someone with a knife and wearing a mask opened the door, police said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“The victim attempted to kick the suspect in self-defense at which time he inflicted multiple stab wounds to her leg,” police said.

The assailant had fled the scene by the time officers arrived, but was arrested a short distance away based on witness descriptions of his vehicle.

“Based on interviews conducted with Tibere, it appears the victim and location were chosen at random,” police said.

The woman was taken to the hospital.

Tibere was held on $1 million bond. The case was not listed in online court records and it was not clear if he had hired an attorney.