Cambridge woman stabbed with scissors in unprovoked attack at bus stop (update)

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The 21-year-old Cambridge woman was stabbed in the chest Tuesday evening at a bus stop, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. The wounds were non-fatal.

The stabbing took place just after 5:30 pm. Tuesday at an MBTA bus stop near Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street in Boston’s South End. Officials weren’t able to declare a motive, and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley later called it “apparently unprovoked.”

The woman accused in the stabbing, Michelle E. Jackson, 47, of Roxbury, was arraigned Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court, said Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The charges were assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault with intent to murder.

A judge ordered that Jackson be held without bail for a 20-day mental health evaluation at the Worcester Recovery Center, with bail of $5,000 imposed afterward. Jackson, represented by attorney William Roa, is due for a status hearing Aug. 29.

According to prosecutors, Jackson was among a group of people getting off a bus when she drew a pair of scissors and stabbed the Cambridge woman, who was waiting to board the bus. Wounded in her upper right chest, the woman fled with several friends. She was treated with stitches and later helped identify Jackson, who had been quickly arrested.

Boston Police officers working a detail nearby heard a report of the stabbing over their radios and immediately saw a woman matching the suspect’s description, later identified as Jackson, walking toward them on Northampton Street with a pair of scissors in her hand, prosecutors said.

“I hope she’s dead,” Jackson allegedly uttered to officers during her arrest.

This post was written from a press release.

This post was updated Aug. 13, 2014, to correct that the location of the stabbing was at  Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street in Boston, not Cambridge.

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