A Farmington woman is recovering after police said she was randomly stabbed in the head with a butcher knife in West Hartford and the whole incident was caught on camera.
Police said 57-year-old Gloria Drummer appeared to have waited for the victim and then stabbed her in the head several times with an 8-10 inch. knife.
It happened outside the CVS store on New Britain Avenue Thursday.
The 27-year-old victim fell to the ground and was assisted by her boyfriend and CVS employees, according to police.
According to an affidavit, Drummer had been in the store seeking cigarettes.
After leaving the store, she waited out front. CVS employees said the incident lasted about 20 seconds. The victim's friend said no words were exchanged.
Drummer reportedly said "you lucky I didn't scalp you" after the victim hit the ground. Police said a friend, store employees and other witnesses saw the attack and rushed to her side.
"Grew up here 15 years, and never heard of something like that," Gavin Souza, of Newington, said. "I'm glad they caught her and feel really bad for what happened."
The suspect then walked across the street and sat at a bus stop. That's where police said they found her.
"She was rambling on and said just take me to jail, take me to jail for what I did," West Hartford Police Lt. Ted Stoneburner said.
Witnesses told police that she was inside the store mumbling to herself before the incident. They said she appeared to be emotionally disturbed.
"First thing is to protect victim and citizens. The suspect obviously has mental disability and we're in extensive training for all our officers to deal with people with emotional disabilities," Stoneburner said.
The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries to her head and was later released from the hospital. The affidavit said the victim suffered a 1 inch long wound on the top of her head that cut down to her skull. It needed three staples to close.
Police said Drummer was charged with first-degree assault and breach of peace.
According to the affidavit, she made suicidal statements to an officer. She was taken to the UConn Health Center for evaluation.
She faced a judge on Friday morning and was issued a $100,000 surety bond.
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