Entries in Stabbing (7)


French Soldier Stabbed in Possible Copycat Attack

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- A French soldier was stabbed on the outskirts of Paris only days after a gruesome killing of a British soldier on a London street.

The soldier was stabbed in the neck with a box cutter on Saturday. He was in uniform at the time of the attack.

The soldier was taken to the military hospital Percy in Clamartou, France, and will survive.

Authorities do not know who the attacker was. He fled the scene without saying a word, and police are searching for him.

The attack was less brutal that the beheading of a British soldier in London, but there is a concern that this is a copycat attack.

President François Hollande says authorities are investigating any connections. He cautioned against jumping to any conclusions.

Authorities in London have been worried about other attacks on soldiers, and have increased security around bases inside London. ABC News’ Nick Schifrin notes that if this is in fact a copycat attack, “there'll be big concerns across Europe and a real need to increase security around all troops.”

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American Student Accused of Stabbing Roommate 25 Times in Rome

Comstock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- A U.S. student studying abroad has been arrested for attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his roommate 25 times after a drug-fueled night out in Rome on Halloween.

At an apartment around the corner from Rome's famous Coliseum, 20-year-old Reid Alexander Schepis, a first-year student at John Cabot University, a private U.S. liberal arts college, allegedly stabbed his longtime friend Fabio Malpeso, 19.  Schepis and Malpeso, friends from New Jersey, were partying late Halloween at a Rome night club.

Schepis told authorities he'd used drugs for the first time that night, mixing ecstasy and alcohol.  He told police that he has no memory of what happened after the two headed to the apartment Malpeso shared with his sister to sleep off the wild night, and he allegedly went into his sleeping friend's room at dawn and repeatedly stabbed him.

Malpeso's sister and her boyfriend heard the screams and ran to help.  Malpeso survived the stab wounds and is now recovering in a Rome hospital.

Former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garret says the evidence suggests drugs were a factor in the crime.

"The story on the surface certainly sounds like some sort of drug-induced, either psychosis or hallucination, or something, [for] this one student to stab this other student in excess of 25 times, as has been described," he said.  "That is somebody that is in a frenzy.  That isn't someone accidentally, or in a rage, [stabbing] someone."

Schepis' attorney Vincenzo Comi said his client is distraught.

"Every time that his friend was named, Reid became profoundly upset and cried while apologizing for what he had done," he said.

The stabbing occurred five years to the day that British student Meredith Kercher was found brutally stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with Amanda Knox, the U.S. student studying in Perugia, Italy, who made headlines for years as she fought murder charges.

Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, had also allegedly been taking drugs the night of Kercher's death, smoking marijuana.  The two were accused and convicted of the killing in 2009, but the decision was overturned last October and both set free.

On Monday, Malpeso is still recovering in a hospital in Rome after having surgery for stab wounds to his lungs.  Schepis is under house arrest at an undisclosed location.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Chinese Teen Kills Nine in Stabbing Spree

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- Chinese authorities say a teenage boy ran amok Wednesday night, brutally stabbing nine people to death and wounding four before he was arrested.

The official Xinhua news agency reported that a 17-year-old, identified only as Li, first broke into the home of his girlfriend where he plunged a knife into two of her relatives, killing them.

After fleeing the house in Liaoning province, the boy then allegedly knifed six other people to death and slashed five others, one who later died, before attempting suicide by jumping off an apartment building.

However, police reached Li before he could do himself harm.  He is now in custody while he awaits murder charges, which carry the death penalty in China if convicted.

Violent crime is on the rise in China although Beijing contends that the murder rate in its country is far less than in Western nations such as the U.S.

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Chinese Stabbing of South Korean Coast Guardsman Sparks Outrage

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Public anger in South Korea has escalated a day after a Chinese boat captain stabbed a South Korean coast guardsman to death and seriously injured another with a knife.  The captain is charged with murder while resisting arrest by coastal police patrolling illegal Chinese fishing boats at the West Sea’s exclusive economic zone.

South Korean media headlines on Tuesday strongly criticized the increasing number of violent Chinese fishermen in recent years.

“They were pirates, not fishermen,” wrote local newspaper Joongang Daily.

The newspaper Chosun Ilbo ran a picture and story of the murdered coast guard who led one of the 68 navy vessels patrolling thousands of illegal fishing boats around the Korean peninsula.

“In concern for diplomatic tensions, (our naval police) try to peacefully restrict the armed fishermen risking their lives,” wrote its editorial pointing out that the Chinese normally carry sharpened bamboo sticks, axes, sickles and steel pipes in their boats.  “They are becoming brutal and organizational day by day.”

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak pledged to get tough and strengthen measures to ensure safety of coast guard officers.  Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing expressed “regret” over the death of the police guard on Tuesday, a day after furious criticism from the Korean public and demands for public apology.

Tensions in and around the waters on the Korean peninsula have risen in the past years as Chinese fishing boats roam to expand their catches. North Korea has been selling rights to fish in its territory to the Chinese government charging $41,900 per boat, according to Joongang Daily.

But these boats often illegally cross into South Korean territory known to be rich with blue crabs, anchovies and croaker, said coast guard spokesman Kim Dong-Jin. The number of Chinese boats caught this year alone increased to 439, up 43 percent from the same period last year.

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Seattle Mariners' Greg Halman Stabbed to Death in the Netherlands

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was found stabbed to death in Rotterdam on Monday and his brother has been arrested in connection to the case.

Police say they were called early Monday to a home in the Dutch port city, where they found the 24-year-old bleeding from a stab wound. Officers then arrested his 22-year-old brother at the scene.

Halman was called up to the majors this past season after a spell in the minor leagues. He helped the Netherlands win the 2007 European Baseball Championship.

During the offseason, Halman spent time promoting baseball in Europe, holding instructional clinics for children.

Born in Haarlem, a city in the northern half of Holland, Halman made his major league debut on Sept. 23, 2010, appearing in just nine games, according to Last season, Halman appeared in 35 games, batting .230 with two home runs and six RBIs.

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Russian Stab Victim Saved by Breast Implant

File photo. (Stockbyte/Thinkstock)(MOSCOW) -- A 40-year-old Moscow woman was saved from a knife attack by an unlikely hero: her breast implant.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was stabbed in the left side of her chest by her husband during a dispute. But the long knife didn’t reach her heart, and instead became lodged in the silicone “body armor,” the Russian news site reported.

The woman got the implants five years ago at her husband’s request.

The implant didn’t leak or lose its shape, according to the report. But the woman has since had it replaced with a new one.

In 2010, a size-D breast implant was credited with saving a Los Angeles woman who had been shot. At the time, deadly-force expert witness Scott Reitz said it was possible the silicone implant stymied the bullet -- but urged women to avoid getting implants for self defense.

“I don’t want to say a boob job is the equivalent of a bulletproof vest,” Reitz told the Los Angeles Times. “So don’t go getting breast enhancements as a means to deflect a possible incoming bullet.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Man Arrested After Attacking Students with Knife in Japan

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOKYO) -- An early-morning knife attack outside a train station northeast of Tokyo left more than a dozen people injured, and a 27-year-old man behind bars.

Police say the suspect boarded a crowded school bus parked outside Toride station in Ibaraki Prefecture and stabbed students on board before proceeding to attack passengers on another city bus at 7:40 a.m. Japan standard time.

At least 11 students were injured, many of them sustaining minor cuts to their wrists and face, according to police.

"The man came in from the back of the bus," said the bus driver, who declined to give his name in an interview with Japanese broadcaster NHK. "I first thought students were fighting. But when I started to hear them screaming, I knew something wasn't right."

The attack occurred during peak rush hour, just as 50 students from a nearby middle and high school were getting ready to head to class.

Witnesses outside the train station bus terminal reported seeing some students bleeding from their faces, covering their wounds.

Police spokesman Mitsuyuki Ooura said two passengers on board the second bus caught up with the suspect, Yuta Saito.

He was arrested on charges of attempted murder. Ooura said he admitted to the stabbing and told detectives "he wanted to end his life."

For many Japanese, Thursday's incident brought back unwelcome memories of a similar stabbing spree in the heart of Tokyo a few years ago.  In 2008, seven people were killed and 10 others injured when a man drove his truck into a busy street and began stabbing those nearby.

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