- Police have arrested a 55-year-old man who they say was ‘known’ to the victim
A Morrisons worker is critically ill in hospital after she was stabbed ‘multiple times’ in a frenzied attack by an attacker who is then said to have fled the scene.
Jersey Police say the attacker behind the horrific assault at the Morrisons Daily supermarket in Castle Quay, St Helier on the island ‘was known’ to his 34-year-old victim. A 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
The attack happened shortly after 1pm on November 18 as people were Christmas shopping and saw the woman stabbed multiple times.
Armed police descended on the supermarket as shocked staff rushed to help the woman; officers say a man was seen fleeing from the shop.
Sources at the scene said the woman is an employee at the store but it is not known if she worked on the check-out or in another ‘front of house’ position.
Officers cordoned off the area and set up a scenes-of-crime tent outside the store, which was evacuated as detectives began the hunt for clues.
The woman was treated by paramedics at the scene before being rushed to hospital in a ‘serious’ condition.
Jersey Police say there is no threat to the wider public after arresting a suspect.
Morrisons, as well as a walkway between the store and a nearby coffee shop, were sealed off.
Police said in a statement last night ‘Officers were called to reports of a stabbing at 1.30pm this afternoon at Morrisons, Castle Quay, in St Helier.
‘A 34-year-old female had been stabbed multiple times by a man who left the scene.
‘She was taken to the Emergency Department by ambulance and remains there in a serious condition.
‘A 55-year-old man who is known to the female has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and he remains in police custody at this time.
‘Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen this or who has any information.
‘They can call police on 612612 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.’
Since the incident, forensic experts have been seen entering the store, which is closed until further notice.
Morrisons has been approached for comment.