A former beauty queen has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder after a “random knife attack” on a shop employee.
Natalya Dolganovskaya, from Russia, was reportedly heard shouting “I hate women” as she allegedly repeatedly stabbed the staffer, reports citing law enforcement said.
The 32-year-old was crowned Miss Ulyanovsk in 2005, and had been a well-known local model.
CCTV video footage allegedly captured Dolganovskaya lunge at the 36-year-old saleswoman in the fruit and vegetable section in Gulliver supermarket.
Police reports claim another staffer and a customer rushed to the woman’s aid and grabbed the knife allegedly being wielded by Dolganovskaya.
A shopper helped stop the blood streaming from the knife wounds until paramedics arrived.
Th 36-year-old is in intensive care with seven serious wounds to her head, face, neck, hands and spine.
Her life is not in danger, reports say.
The former beauty queen was detained by police and members of Russian’s Investigative Committee after allegedly fleeing the scene.
A witness said the attacker “suddenly went berserk in the supermarket”.
After winning her beauty crown aged 18, Dolganovskaya wed a local tycoon and politician named Vadim Dolganovsky, but the marriage ended six years later.
She continued to work in a store owned by her ex-husband after the split.
He remarried after the breakup, while she had problems getting her life back on track friends said.
Her mother, Elena Pimenova, told NTV after her daughter was held by police that Dolganovskaya told her: “I have a feeling that some demons have clung to me.”
Law enforcement said it was treating the incident as a random and unprovoked attack.
"The Investigative Committee in Ulyanovsk region has opened a criminal case into the attempted murder of a resident of Ulyanovsk,” officer’s said a statement.
Detectives are seeking “to establish all the circumstances of the incident”.
Forensic examinations have been carried out and an assessment will be made on the suspect’s mental state.
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