Well this sounds a tad bizarre:
An off-duty sheriff’s deputy says he pursued a woman who was wielding two large knives through a West Hollywood Target store before he arrested her on suspicion of stabbing and wounding four people. Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Clay Grant Jr. said he was shopping for paper towels Monday afternoon when people around him started running away.
He grabbed his duty weapon, ordered her to drop the butcher’s knife and the carving knife and followed her from aisle to aisle until she complied.
Another shopper, Katy Winn, says the woman was screaming, “There is no witness protection program!” as chaos broke out in the store.
Grant says the woman looked lost and confused, like she didn’t know where she was.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
A woman who stabbed and wounded four people in a busy Target store Monday afternoon was arrested when an off-duty sheriff’s deputy pulled his gun and ordered the woman to the ground as screaming shoppers ran from the building, authorities said.
Layla Trawick started randomly stabbing people with two blades — a butcher’s knife and a carving knife, Los Angeles sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Mankini said. The 35-year-old Antioch woman was arrested with the help of private security guards and booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
“She was literally walking up and down the aisles slashing people,” said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.
When off-duty sheriff’s Deputy Clay Grant saw her and ordered her to drop the knives, she ran away and he chased her through the store, aisle after aisle, Whitmore said.
Several shoppers who saw Grant pull out his weapon feared he was a gunman and began running and screaming, adding to the sense of panic, Mankini said.
“If he wasn’t there, who knows? Someone would be dead right now,” Mankini said. “He had no communication with outside law enforcement. He’s just some guy doing his shopping. We’re pretty proud of him.”
Three women and a man were stabbed and taken to area hospitals, Mankini said. One of the victims was stabbed in the neck and shoulder.
One of the victims was a woman holding a baby, but the baby wasn’t hurt, Whitmore said.
Katy Winn, a freelance photographer from West Hollywood, was browsing the store’s selection of Mother’s Day cards when she heard someone screaming.
Sounds like somebody broke out of the looney bin…Poor thang.