Two women were stabbed by a yet unidentified man in Timisoara yesterday, in two separate incidents only hours apart, according to Mediafax news agency. The first incident occurred at around noon in an area of Timisoara known to be frequented by prostitutes. A 23-year-old believed to be a prostitute was stabbed in the stomach and was rushed to the Timisoara Municipal Clinical Hospital. The young woman was in stable condition.
A spokesperson for the Timis Police, Madalina Mezdrea, told Mediafax that the woman had been attacked by an unknown assailant, who fled the scene immediately. Police have begun an investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and to try to identify the assailant.
A few hours later yesterday, another woman was stabbed in the back, also by an unknown individual who fled the scene. Mezdrea said the 45-year-old woman was attacked as she was returning home from work, close to the block of flats where she is living. Police do not yet know if the two incidents are related, but TV reports suggested that there is a connection, given that the body of a prostitute was just found in the city on Sunday night. The body of a 42-year-old woman was found close to a gas station at one of the city exits. According to Mezdrea, the woman was known to be a prostitute and had received several fines for practicing prostitution. The police spokesperson added that the body had several signs of violence and that investigators would be able to find out more about the death after the autopsy. According to Mezdrea, the woman had several injuries and bruises on her face and a stab wound in the left side of her chest.
A similar case occurred in Iasi in February last year, when a 35-year-old man was detained and eventually sentenced to six years in prison for stabbing 17 women with a four-centimetre long blade. The man had previously served 12 years after being found guilty of rape and had been released in 2009.