Hunt for teenage boy over stabbing enters second day
UPDATE: Police are continuing to hunt for a teenage boy suspected of stabbing a mental health worker who attempted to stop a daylight robbery in Kearneys Spring.
A police spokesman said investigations were continuing this morning.
Detectives descended on the Toowoomba Community Care Units at the corner of West and Spring Sts about noon yesterday with reports a 46-year-old woman had been stabbed in the abdomen after she refused to open a coin dispenser on a washing machine.
Police said the woman came across the boy attempting to break into the dispenser. He turned and threatened her with a knife.
After refusing to open the dispenser the boy is alleged to have stabbed the woman in the stomach.
She suffered a stab wound about 4cm long in her stomach and was taken to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment.
The pair was not known to each other, police said.
The boy, who was wearing a dark-coloured hooded jumper, fled the area before police arrived.
Forensic officers recovered the knife used in the attack while detectives door-knocked surrounding houses.
One nearby resident told The Chronicle a serious incident had been expected at the unit complex which he said had been built without consultation with home owners.
"It was just a matter of time, really," the resident said.
The unit complex was opened in May last year and serves as transitional housing for people with mental illnesses.
Investigations into the incident are continuing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
EARLIER: Police are looking for a teenage boy who allegedly stabbed a woman in Kearneys Spring this afternoon.
Police say the woman found the teen attempting to force open a washing machine's coin dispenser at a care facility.
The boy allegedly threatened the woman with a knife and demanded she open the coin holder.
When she refused he struck her with a knife, causing a three to four centimetre superficial wound to her stomach.
Detectives have recovered the knife allegedly used in the incident.
Scenes of Crime officers and detectives remain at the scene at a unit complex at the corner of West and Spring St where the woman, aged in her early 40s, was stabbed in her abdomen.
She was taken to Toowoomba Hospital and is undergoing medical treatment.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the West and Spring St area about midday and who may have seen a boy wearing a black or dark-coloured hooded jumper to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Nearby residents said there was nothing that preceded the incident, but were not surprised that something had happened.
One resident told The Chronicle it was "only a matter of time" before something occurred at the complex.
Investigations are continuing.
EARLIER: A woman was rushed to hospital after she was stabbed in the abdomen at a Kearneys Spring unit this afternoon.
Toowoomba detectives and Scenes of Crime officers remain at the property at the corner of West and Spring Sts where the incident occurred.
The alleged offender is on the run after fleeing the scene.
A Police Media spokeswoman said investigations were continuing and confirmed police were yet to make an arrest.
BREAKING: A PERSON been stabbed at a suburban unit in Toowoomba.
Police are at the scene in Kearneys Spring where a person was reportedly suffering a stab wound to their abdomen.
The incident was reported to authorities about 12.25pm.
The person is believed to be in their 40s.