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Woman attacks teens with bow and arrow

David Landes · 3 Aug 2011, 12:58

Published: 03 Aug 2011 12:58 GMT+02:00

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The incident took place late Monday night near the Adolfbergs school, the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper reports.

According to police, the group of teens reported how a woman “wearing strange, old clothes” approached them in the playground and prodeeded to pull out a bow and several metal-tipped arrows.

As the youngsters watched in disbelief, the woman then placed an arrow in the bow and fired at them from close range, prompting them to flee the area.

“There was a group of us who ran into her while we were on our bicycles and I saw her walking by. I reacted over the fact that she had a bow under her arm and thought it was strange,” a witness told the newspaper.

Police continue to search for the woman, having received a number of tips during the day on Tuesday.

“I've never experienced a case like this and haven't heard of anything like it either,” police investigator Malin Nilsson told news website Nyheter24.

One theory being considered by investigators is that the mystery archer, described as being between 20- and 40- years-old, may have been involved in some sort of fantasy or roll-playing game.

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Speaking to Nerikes Allehanda on Wednesday, Nilsson said she was “hopeful” police would succeed in finding and apprehending the woman following a steady stream of tips from members of the public.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:26 August 3, 2011 by Svensksmith
If it's the woman in the Maplethorpe photo, she can attack me anytime she wants to.
13:36 August 3, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
She can attack me too and I would not mind what to do with her because I might have forgotten my "Hos to Do It" manual. I can still speak a good deal of French.
14:20 August 3, 2011 by wolverine2k
They must have ran into the "Lost Viking Tribes"... :)
14:43 August 3, 2011 by tuerd1982
Another psychic .
14:51 August 3, 2011 by occassional
What's a roll-playing game? Who writes these things.
14:55 August 3, 2011 by Svensksmith
You know, like bowling.
15:06 August 3, 2011 by tedd09y
another maniac comes :)
15:14 August 3, 2011 by andyron2
LOL....fantasy or roll playing game.the readers are supposed to proof read everyday.

good job by the investigators to guess the age between 20 and 40 years? with stream of tips from "members of the public".
16:11 August 3, 2011 by J. L. Belmar

Between 20 and 40 years means that she was not between 10 and 80 years. Are you still not used to what I have begun calling the new The Local guidelines of good journalism? The Local staff of writers have never read "Write Right! from Jan Venolia, one of the best-sellers of all times to learn how to write a little bit less bad?
16:25 August 3, 2011 by andyron2
Yes J.L...im getting used to the guideline slowly.forgive me this time.
17:06 August 3, 2011 by sirleonard
Forgive me but in English 'roll playing' should be 'role playing'

'roll' means to roll like a barrel 'role' is to play a part in a play etc.
19:48 August 3, 2011 by conboy
Ah anyone can see that the woman in the picture is looking for her hole....
00:01 August 4, 2011 by blondelover
roll ha ha ha ha ha ..............!! Well I think she is aiming my heart :)
00:52 August 4, 2011 by conboy
There is usually a painted hole at the centre of the target - I am afraid you have jumped to an unhappy conclusion. Personally I prefer happy conclusions!
09:44 August 4, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
@blondlover #13

Then, she would be aiming to your hole.
12:41 August 5, 2011 by conboy
You mean like the bird in the black and white Robert Mapplethorpe picture on the side bar she appears to be aiming at two normatively, sexually challenged men - thanks for the thought but it sounds unpleasent and uncomfortable as I said before I prefer happy conclusions.
22:18 August 6, 2011 by Zemlepotryasnaya
I think it was that sort of time travel. This girl is clearly not just appeared there. Unfortunately there is not even recording to examine it in detail. It really looked like in medieval times?
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