Woman is stabbed multiple times in the neck and stomach by stranger while sunbathing on Blacks Beach
Woman, 23, is stabbed multiple times in the neck and stomach by stranger while sunbathing on the beach
- Woman, 23, stabbed while sunbathing on a popular North Queensland beach
- Paramedics and police rushed to Mackay beach at 12:20 p.m. Monday
- At about 3 p.m., officers announced they had taken a 16-year-old boy into custody
A woman has been seriously injured after being stabbed in the neck and abdomen by an unknown person while sunbathing on a beach.
Officers were called to an area off Blacks Beach Road in Mackay, Queensland, around 12:20 p.m. Monday, after the 23-year-old woman was reported to have been injured.
The woman was sunbathing on the beach when she was confronted by a man unknown to her, police said.
He allegedly stabbed her several times in the neck, arms, legs and head before fleeing the scene.
The woman managed to go to a nearby housing site to seek help.
She was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but her injuries are not life-threatening.
A 16-year-old man has been detained by police and the teen is now helping with their investigation.
The woman was sunbathing on Blacks Beach in Mackay, Queensland (pictured) when she was attacked
Police previously warned of a white man in his twenties with long black hair wearing a white t-shirt with black shorts and was last seen running through the Blacks Beach residential area.
Two paramedics and at least four police patrol cars rushed to the crime scene after reports of the ‘alleged injury’.
Detective Inspector Tom Armitt said there had been no interaction between the two before the attack.
“She then sought help and went to a local construction site and got some help from the builders,” Det Insp Armitt told The Daily Mercury.
“Looks like it’s a random attack,” he said.
“She states that she did not know who the man was, that there was no interaction beforehand and that she has not seen him before.”
Anyone with information is requested to contact Crime Stoppers.