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Man with machete leaves woman, dog bloodied

16 Mar 2012, 11:40

Published: 16 Mar 2012 09:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Mar 2012 11:40 GMT+01:00

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The frightening ordeal kicked off around 4pm outside a hospital in Sundsvall when the 33-year-old man attacked a 42-year-old woman, cutting her in the knee and face.

According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, the woman is said to have lost an eye in the attack, which consisted of several blows from the machete-like knife.

"She was cut in the face and is being treated for her injuries," police spokesperson Mikael Hedström told the newspaper.

Leaving the woman bleeding profusely, the 33-year-old fled the scene.

Around 90 minutes later, police received a call about a car accident on the E4 motorway near Harmånger, about 60 kilometres south of Sundsvall.

As it turned out, the 33-year-old has crashed his getaway car in the ditch.

But when two minivans filled with a group of high school students stopped to help, the man again went on the offensive, putting the knife against the throat of one of the teachers and forcing students out of one of the minivans.

"He pulled out a machete and forced his way onto the bus," an accompanying school principal told Aftonbladet.

He then sped off in the minivan, leaving the stunned students on the side of the motorway.

Police eventually caught up to the 33-year-old after he once again drove into the ditch while exiting the motorway near Silja.

However, police were forced to fire a warning shot and shower the man with pepper spray before he gave up.

The 33-year-old was placed under arrest and taken to the police station under suspicion of attempted murder, making illegal threats, robbery, and resisting arrest.

Police also discovered that a dog belonging to the school group, which had been left in the stolen minivan, had also suffered knife injuries. It was subsequently taken to a veterinary physician for treatment.

On Friday it emerged that the 33-year-old had been sectioned in a closed psychiatric clinic in Sundsvall until early February.

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After being questioned by police he will likely be transferred back to the psychiatric clinic in Sundsvall.

According to the local Sunsvall Tidning (ST) newspaper, the man suffers from severe psychiatric problems and has been in an out of clinics since the summer of 2010.

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Your comments about this article

10:58 March 16, 2012 by JulieLou40
Jesus. Frightening as hell. Can't believe the poor woman has lost an eye. What is happening to this country??
13:03 March 16, 2012 by strixy
Judging from the news that have been published on here, Sweden is a horrible and violence riden place not to mention medical negligence and police inadequacy.
14:10 March 16, 2012 by libertarianism
And the tension grows...
14:21 March 16, 2012 by foxpur

It's a news story, they are events that happen that are outside the norm for everyday life. If you go through most countries daily crime it's actually more rare than it appears in Sweden, but it is brought to highlight by media.
14:22 March 16, 2012 by zooeden
Its brutal on the first world...
17:40 March 16, 2012 by johan rebel
No prize for guessing which part of the world this upstanding citizen is from!
18:29 March 16, 2012 by Migga
@ strixy

Bad news make the newspaper more often then good news. So per defualt, when reading the newspaper, you get a negative view of the city or country the paper covers. It`s not news when everything is working, only when someone makes a mistake. If you can`t understand that and think Sweden is some hellhole then it`s your loss.

Regarding the man, he is Moroccan.
21:47 March 16, 2012 by sureiam
Too scary , too much, poor woman; her life is changed now because of th systems carelessness of living this moron on the street we walk on.............. My prayers does to the womans speed recovery
03:48 March 17, 2012 by jomamas
This happens way to often for a small country like Sweden.

This is several times now we hear of 'crazy man up north kills a bunch of people'.

I live in Canada, outside of Native Reserves, this does not happen as often.

I think there is something about 'swedish crazy' ...
08:32 March 17, 2012 by bagbuoy
@jomamas thisn't isn't about "Swedish crazy" because this crime wasn't committed by a Swedish person. As Migga wrote, the suspect held by the police is Marockan. This isn't being reported by the newspapers, but social media have worked it out. Multiple confirmations from people close to the events have outed the suspect's name, age, address, mental health history, religion, previous place of employment, prior threats and harrassment of ex wife and mother of his kids and more.
12:09 March 17, 2012 by Rick Methven
So once again super spy Migga with his secret access to the SD files of ethnic origin of every resident in Sweden, goes out of his way to claim that the mentally sick person is NOT Swedish.

Of course we do not know if this is true or just part of his usual racist ranting.

How long ago did they let you out of the Asylum?
13:21 March 17, 2012 by Migga
@ Rick Methven

You can decide whether or not you want to belive my claim, it`s all up to you. I tell you what the media don`t. I think it`s up to the reader to decide what`s important, not the paper. The reader can`t make that decision if not all facts are known. Information should be free, otherwise you will get alot of frustration and add more fuel to the racists fire. I don`t do any racist ranting though and I`ve never been to an asylum. You seem very obsessed with me though.
19:21 March 17, 2012 by bagbuoy
@ Rick Methven

If you would bother to learn Swedish and do a modicum of research you would know that the perp is Morockan.
15:37 March 18, 2012 by cogito
Blaha bla bla racism, bla bla racist...not to speak of blaha, blaha racism!

"Racist" is bandied about in a frivolous manner only by race baiters.
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