A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he ran over a knifeman as he stabbed a woman in the streets of London. The attack, which happened in Maida Vale on Monday morning, came to an abrupt end, with both the 43-year-old woman and her 41-year-old alleged attacker both dying at the scene, Metro reports.
- The woman had been stabbed multiple times. Passersby on Chippenham Road tried to intervene but were unable to stop the knifeman, who witnesses say was hooded, masked, and had been waiting in a park before attacking her. Police believe the knifeman knew the woman he attacked.
- The scene was a terrifying one. Mo Ahmed, who works at a shop nearby the attack, saw everything. “n the morning I heard a loud scream and looked outside, where I saw someone attacking a girl who looked English,” he recalled. “He stabbed her a lot and he was scaring everyone. People tried to help the girl and pull her out but he was scaring everyone with a knife.”
- Members of the public couldn’t do anything to stop the knifeman. Another witness, Raad Jiyad, said that he tried to distract the man to buy the woman time, but “he had this big knife so no one wanted to go near.”
- The knifeman only stopped when the car ran him over. At that point, he ended up “completely underneath” the vehicle, with the woman he attacked also partially hit by the vehicle. Members of the public attempted to do CPR on the woman but she was sadly unable to be saved.
- The driver of the car has been arrested and police are continuing to investigate. “This was a terrible incident that occurred in broad daylight on a busy London street. It also appears that a number of members of the public bravely tried to intervene to stop the attack,” Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood said. “A man has been arrested in relation to the case; we are not aware of any links between this man and the two deceased. I can also confirm that we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection to this incident.” They’re asking anyone with information to come forward with what they know.