Police: Teen Stabbed Woman Inside Grocery Store

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DALLAS -- A teenage boy is in custody in Luzerne County after police say he stabbed a woman inside a busy grocery store Monday afternoon.

Police say a 16 year old is facing charges for stabbing that woman in the back inside Weis Markets along Memorial Highway in Dallas.

It was a busy day at the grocery store in the Back Mountain with many people using their day off from work on this holiday to do some grocery shopping.

“It is a very busy store. It's a very busy day and a lot of people had off today, so people are in and out all day today,” said Susan Allen of Dallas.

And it was during this busy day that Dallas police say a 16-year-old boy attacked a woman inside the store, stabbing her in back in the pharmacy area around 1:30 p.m.

Investigators say the teenager also tried to grab two girls by the hoods of their jackets but they got away.

For shoppers, many couldn't believe something like that could happen inside their grocery store.

“I'm surprised because this is a relatively nice area, not a lot of crime, so I'm really surprised, like you really caught me off guard,” said Cassandra Zielinski from Harveys Lake.

“I don't know what happened, but I'm glad I wasn't here when it happened,” said Debbie Milbroet from Noxen.

Police say luckily the woman was wearing a heavy coat that helped protect her from being seriously injured. She was treated and released from the hospital.

Police took the boy into custody and charged him as a juvenile. He is being held at the Luzerne County prison.

Police have not said what caused the boy to attack those people inside the store.

“I'm sure there's more to the story and when it gets out, it will be out,” said Allen. “I just knew that there was something that happened in there.”

“We live in a violent society. We've always been a violent society,” said Seamus O’Kelly.

Newswatch 16 tried to speak with Weis management about the stabbing. We were told all information would come from police.

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