Police suspect link in 'random' stabbings
10 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police are investigating a series of apparently random stabbings at the weekend in Alkmaar, raising concerns that the assaults could be the work of the same culprits.
10 January 2005
AMSTERDAM — Police are investigating a series of apparently random stabbings at the weekend in Alkmaar, raising concerns that the assaults could be the work of the same culprits.
All victims have been treated in hospital and are expected to live, but police have expressed shock at the series of assaults. It is the first time in Alkmaar that so many seemingly random stabbings have taken place.
A 23-year-old man, of Egmond aan den Hoef, was stabbed in the stomach at about 10.15pm on Friday in the Victoriepark in Alkmaar. The man was walking in the direction of the Friesebrug when he encountered three people, one of whom stabbed him.
A 15-year-old boy, of Alkmaar, was stabbed in the back at about 12.40am on Sunday, also in the Victoriepark. The boy had been visiting a youth centre and was about to ride home when he was attacked by two male youths.
An hour later, a 44-year-old Alkmaar man was stabbed in the back near a bicycle tunnel on the Rederdijk. He is believed to have been attacked as he stood next to his bike.
The third Sunday morning stabbing took place at about 2.10am when a 22-year-old Alkmaar woman was stabbed in the back in a park on the Vechtstraat. The woman was grabbed by a man as she cycled through the park. She managed to escape, but had been already stabbed in the back.
Police have not ruled out that the attacks were committed by the same culprits. They said it was noteworthy that all victims were alone, that there was no direct cause for the assaults and that most of them had been stabbed in the back. Detectives are investigating the incidents.
Inquiries are also being conducted to determine whether the weekend's attacks are linked to an assault committed on the Molenkade on 3 January. In that incident, a 53-year-old woman was seriously injured during a fight. The three suspects are aged 18 to 20 years old.
Meanwhile, police found on Monday at Grevenbicht the body of 18-year-old Jeanny Wagemans of Born, in Limburg. Police said foul play was at work in the woman's death.
Wagemans had not been seen since Friday night when she left her parents' home to cycle to a friend's house. She sent an SMS to her brother later that night, but various personal affects were found on Sunday.
Two youths aged 17 and 19, of Grevenbicht and Born, were arrested on Sunday afternoon.
[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2005]
Subject: Dutch news