HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Henrico Police said Sunday's knife attack on a 17-year-old boy was not random. Investigators said they believed the victim knews the knife-wielding walker who stabbed him twice, once in each leg.
"It's startling and upsetting," park goer Christine Lee said. "The weather is getting better and it's nice to be outside and it was in the daytime."
Henrico County Police said the teen, who had been walking the trails, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, for non-life-threatening injuries.
"This is a neighborhood park. In general everyone feels safe as we walk on trails," Henrico grandmother Coles Squire said. "It's a little scary to know this happened."
Police said while they believed the teen knew his attacker, they said he would not cooperate with their investigation.
Still, the fact that the attack does not appear to be random, provides little comfort to Lee, who said the stabbing will make her put up her walking shoes for a while.
"It’ll probably keep us off the trails and more aware," she said.
If you were in Cheswick Park Sunday afternoon and witnessed this incident, police want to hear from you. Call their non-emergency number at 804-501-5000.