FRESNO – Police arrested a patient who allegedly stabbed a volunteer therapist several times on Monday at a rehab clinic in southwest Fresno.
The victim was attacked in her office at the Comprehensive Addiction Programs Facility by a patient and is in critical condition at the hospital, police said.
The suspect stabbed the 55-year-old woman, who has not been identified, several times in the neck, upper body and arms, according to police.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. at the facility located on White Bridge Avenue just east of Marks Avenue. Police said that a witness told them that he went to the victim’s office when he heard her screaming and saw the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Raymond White, standing in the office.
White ran past the witness and hid behind some abandoned buildings less than half a mile away from the center, but officers were able to quickly find him, according to police.
White allegedly admitted to stabbing the victim and said that he intended to kill her. Police said that he stole a knife with a 3-inch blade from the rehab’s kitchen and hid it under his bed. He then waited until other counselors and patients were in a group session to attack the victim, police said.
White was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.