A 66-year old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Hampton remains in custody.
Police were called at approximately 10:35hrs on Friday, 20 May, to The Avenue in Hampton, Richmond-upon-Thames following reports of a man in possession of a knife.
Officers attended the location where they saw a man who was holding a knife and chasing people.
Officers disarmed the 66-year-old man and arrested him.
During the arrest TASER was deployed; but not discharged.
Four women (victim 1 – 67yrs, victim 2 – 62yrs, victim 3 – 71yrs and victim 4 – 53yrs) all suffering knife wounds were identified at the location.
Victims 1 and 3 were treated by the London Ambulance Service and taken to hospital where their injuries are not life threatening.
Victim 2 is in a life threatening condition.
Victim 4 was taken to hospital by London’s Air Ambulance where her injuries were initially thought to be life threatening. We have since been informed that she is no longer in a life threatening condition and is now stable.
An investigation has been launched by detectives from Richmond-Upon-Thames borough.
It has been established that the man was arrested on another borough on Thursday, 19 May, on suspicion of being in possession of a knife and assaulting a police constable.
Following CPS advice he was charged with assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty, contrary to s89(1) of the Police Act 1996; and possession of a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place, contrary to the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
He was released from police custody this morning, Friday, 20 May, having been bailed to attend court on a date in June.
The Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed and have informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) this afternoon.
Borough Commander Richmond-Upon-Thames, Chief Superintendent Glenn Tunstall, said: “I would like to praise members of the public who rushed to the aid of the injured women and provided them with first-aid.
“Their bravery and the outstanding courage of the officers who were first on the scene and confronted the armed man is worthy of praise.
“An incident like this will cause considerable concern to the local community, and I would like to reassure them that uniform officers will be patrolling the area and can speak to anyone who has concerns.
“Enquiries are ongoing, but we are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.”
The incident is not believed to be terror related.
Witnesses or anyone with any information should contact Richmond CID on 101 (quoting reference 2855/20MAY16) or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or their website crimestoppers-uk.org
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