The stabbing attack in Lakewood today was caught on surveillance camera, and exclusively obtained by TLS.
The video shows the suspect walking from the direction of MLK Drive and into the rear of the Out To Lunch shopping plaza.
As the man was loading items into his vehicle, the suspect can be seen running up to him and stabbing him in the back.
After being stabbed, the victim grabbed the approximately-12-inch knife stuck in his back, and fought back, chasing down the woman until he had her on the ground. Police arrived moments later and took her into custody.
An investigation is underway.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Erika Cruz.
“Erika Cruz was transported to the Lakewood Police Department where she processed and charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose,” police said. “She was subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail.”
“At this time the investigation is active. Reason for the attack is unclear, but we do not believe Cruz is affiliated with any organized hate or terrorist group,” police said
[WARNING – VIDEO IS GRAPHIC. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED]