This is the shocking moment a man sneaks up behind a 62-year-old woman and then stabs her some 40 times in the street in broad daylight with a kitchen knife because he was angry that his benefits payments had been terminated.
The incident, which was caught on CCTV, took place in the southern Austrian city of Klagenfurt.
The alleged perpetrator was reportedly an Armenian man who had fled to Austria four years ago and enjoys asylum status in the central European country.
The CCTV footage of the incident shows him sneaking up behind his victim before stabbing her some 40 to 50 times with the kitchen knife and forcing her to the tarmac.
At one point, he even appears to hold her by the hair and stab her in the neck. According to reports, he had tried to cut her throat.
The 28-year-old man fled after the attack, but he was arrested in the vicinity of the crime scene on Saturday afternoon.
He did not try to resist arrest and he reportedly confessed to the police that he was no longer receiving payments from the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS), and that was his motive for the attack, which he simply carried out on the first person he came across on the street.
It was a local businessman who saved the day when he heard the woman’s cries from his shop and ran over and kicked the knifeman, separating him from the victim and prompting him to flee.
Despite being stabbed some 40 to 50 times, the victim remarkably survived the attack, which was carried out with such force that the 12-centimetre-long blade even bent.
The weapon was reportedly seized by the police from the suspect’s apartment.
The woman, whose identity was not reported, is now said to be stable following emergency surgery. However, she was still said to be in intensive care at the time of reporting.
The suspect had reportedly been under psychiatric care in 2018, and his current state of health is reportedly being examined. No other details were given regarding his fate.