Knife Attacks in Prague and Bratislava Rattle Communities, Result In Two Deaths. Police Still Searching For Prague Attacker.

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In the last several days there have been brutal but unrelated knife attacks in both The Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

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The first of the the attacks were on the outskirts of Prague where three women were attacked by one man in three separate incidents.

All three women were attacked on Sunday June 7th. The first attack took place at the bus station in Letnany around 9:30pm, followed shortly thereafter by an attack in Opatov near a student housing building called Blanice and then a third attack also in Opatov.

The first woman he attacked was able to break free of the man (as seen, slightly obscured, in surveillance footage from the bus station) and she ran to a group of people. Oddly, the first woman did not call police and the attacker moved on, this time getting on the metro. The police are asking the first woman, whoever she may be, to come forward and identify herself in order to provide any information she may have. 

Police have released a video of the man entering the metro station (https://tv.idnes.cz/krimi/kulhajici-muz-s-nozem-napada-stihle-a-pohledne-divky.V200612_102925_idnestv_jda). At the start of the video, astonishingly, even though he’s wearing a surgical mask, he does not have the mask covering his face. The man, who appears to be in his late 30s or 40s and who has a pronounced limp, is seen wearing a black baseball cap with the Nike swoosh on it, a black long sleeve coat, and jeans as he walks through the bus station – apparently looking for a target. In one shot he appears to look into the lens of the surveillance camera before removing a long knife from his pocket and hiding it inside his left sleeve.

The attacker seems to go after thin, young, and attractive girls. He waits, watching the women until they are alone in an area, and then makes his move.

The second attack happened around 11:30. This time, the man threw a young woman to the ground and, while kneeling on her, tried to choke her with one hand – while holding the knife in the other. The woman fought back and, moments later, when a car drove by, the man was apparently frightened and ran away.

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But he wasn’t done yet. Only three hundred meters down the road on Jana Růžičky, he found another young woman. This time he grabbed her by the neck from behind and covered her face with his hand. As with the two previous victims, the woman struggled. She spun around toward the man, trying to get away and he punched her square in the face, knocking her to the ground. Once again, it seems the man was thwarted by a potential witness; When a passerby came upon the scene and shouted at the attacker he ran off. 

Police are not sure what the man’s intention is – robbery, rape, possibly murder – but they believe the man to be very dangerous and ask that, if you see this person, you not attempt to apprehend him on your own but instead call 158 immediately.

The knife attack in Slovakia, unfortunately, ended with two dead including the attacker.

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It happened three days ago in Bratislava when a 22 year-old man man carrying a knife walked into his former school – The United School in the town of Vrutky – and managed to kill one man and wound five others before being killed by police. 

The United School has students from elementary age up through high school. 

At the end of the melee, three adults and two children were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. The deceased was the Deputy Director of the school.

The name of the attacker has not been released but former students familiar with the attacker noted that he had been bullied throughout his school experience.

Slovak President Zuzana Caputova said she felt “great sorrow” and offered her condolences to the relatives and victims of the attack and praised the swift reaction of first responders. 

Slovak PM Igor Matovic added, “Unfortunately there are crazy people living among us and we’re not able to prevent such a situation.”

Shaun O'Banion

Shaun O'Banion

Shaun O'Banion is a Gotham Award-winning independent film producer, writer, and teacher who has been living and working in Prague since 2015.
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Shaun O'Banion is a Gotham Award-winning independent film producer, writer, and teacher who has been living and working in Prague since 2015.