Police are investigating after a woman was attacked and stabbed multiple times inside a New Jersey store Thursday afternoon.
The victim, identified by her family as 29-year-old Kerri Dalton of Keansburg, also had a baby with her inside the Middletown Bed Bath & Beyond store, when the attack occurred.
The alleged assailant, 19-year-old Tyrik Haynes, is accused of repeatedly plunging a knife into Dalton around 4 p.m., puncturing both her lungs in an apparent random attack.
A published report indicated that Haynes is being held on $1 million bail on an attempted murder charge.
Dalton was stabbed more than a dozen times and Medevaced to Jersey Shore Medical Center, where she remained in stable condition late Thursday night.
CBS 2′s Young reported that Haynes is known locally as a suspected animal abuser. Workers at the nearby Petco told Young the suspect used to come in to stare at the cats and that he is accused of adopting cats and setting them on fire.
[Editor’s Note: Haynes was charged with inflicting “unnecessary cruelty on a living creature” on December 29.]