Woman Attacked, Stabbed by Stranger for Smoking

A 54-year-old San Diego woman was stabbed by a stranger Friday who became enraged because she was smoking, according to police. He has been arrested on an attempted murder charge.

Police say Terrance Behan, 70, confronted the victim on Mission Boulevard in Mission Beach at around 10:40 a.m. because she was smoking. He grabbed her and put a knife to her throat, according to police.

The pair struggled, and the woman broke free. Behan then stabbed the victim on the left side of her chest, police said.

The victim suffered a small laceration to her chest and abrasions on her throat. She was treated at the scene, while Behan was taken into custody.

Behan was booked into San Diego Central Jail on an attempted murder charge. He’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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