Police have been left stunned by a brutal alleged stabbing at a Perth shopping centre after a supermarket worker was the victim of a “completely random” and “unprovoked”.
A 44-year-old woman was just doing her job and stacking shelves in the pet food aisle at a Woolworths store in Ellenbrook, when she was allegedly stabbed about 1pm on Tuesday by an unknown woman, police claim.
Police said the victim did not know her attacker and there was no prior interaction between them before the alleged incident.
“There was nothing said or anything to indicate that this was going to happen,” Midland Police Detective Sergeant Tania MacKenzie said.
“(It is) something I’ve never heard of happening before in my career.
“It was just someone going about their day-to-day work, stacking shelves in the shopping centre.
“There’s been no one else in the aisle and she’s been approached by the suspect who has stabbed her with a filleting knife.”
Sergeant Mackenzie said the victim initially thought she had been hit by a shopping trolley before she had released she had been stabbed in her back.
The knife was still lodged in her body when was taken to Royal Perth Hospital’s trauma unit to receive medical treatment for her injuries.
About two hours police arrested a woman in her 30s at a Bullsbrook home after receiving a tip off.
The alleged attacker underwent a medical assessment on Tuesday.
Police said the filleting knife had been purchased on Tuesday morning and was at least 40cm long.
Investigations are ongoing as police seek to determine the reason behind the shocking alleged attack.
Woolworths said it was providing support to the alleged victim and offering counselling to affected staff members.