By Sunnivie Brydum
Originally published on Advocate.com June 24 2013 3:52 PM ET
Police in Washington, D.C. confirmed today that they have in custody someone who is believed to be responsible for stabbing a transgender woman as many as 40 times in the early hours of Friday morning, reports the Washington Blade.
Bree Wallace, a 29-year-old transgender woman, was stabbed repeatedly by an assailant she knew casually around 1 a.m. Friday in southeastern D.C., according to police reports reviewed by The Blade. After running several blocks back to her apartment building, Wallace reportedly collapsed on the street. Neighbors who saw her immediately called 911.
On Monday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed to the Blade that the suspect was in police custody after being arrested on charges unrelated to the alleged assault. A police spokesperson told the Blade on Sunday that the assailant assaulted Wallace with the intent to kill, but noted that the attack was neither random nor a hate crime.
Wallace is recovering from multiple stab wounds to her back and chest at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md., according to the Blade.
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