A homeless woman was stabbed while riding her bicycle along the canal to the east of Redding City Hall early Monday morning.
At just after 4:00 am, Michelle Annette Pruitt, age 29, flagged down a Redding police officer, saying that she had just been stabbed. An ambulance was summoned to treat her for multiple stab wounds to her upper, left arm, and the back of her head.
Pruitt said a woman named “Sarah” just attacked her with a knife while she was riding her bicycle by the canal. She described the suspect and her clothing. Another officer responding to the call located the suspect behind Redding City Hall.
The suspect was identified as Sarah Emily Duran, age 27, a Redding transient. The investigation revealed that the suspect and victim exchanged hostile words prior to the stabbing, but it was unclear why the incident escalated to violence, or even what the argument was about. Alcohol influence is a likely factor.
Duran was booked at Shasta County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon.
Pruitt was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room for further treatment and evaluation. Her wounds are not life threatening.