A former beauty queen in Russia has been accused of carrying out a “random knife attack” on a supermarket worker.
Natalya Dolganovskaya, 32, was allegedly heard shouting “I hate women” as the victim was repeatedly stabbed in the fruit and vegetable aisle, according to reports citing law enforcement.
The suspect had been crowned Miss Ulyanovsk in 2005, and is a well known local model.
Shocking CCTV footage captured the shop worker being knifed in a Gulliver supermarket, in Ulyanovsk, a city on the Volga river.
CCTV video footage shows the 36-year-old saleswoman being approached from behind, then suddenly and repeatedly stabbed and falling to the ground in the attack.
She tries to fend off the knife blows in the prolonged attack as a member of staff and a customer rush to her aid.
A worker grabs the knife from the female attacker as the group scuffle on the floor.
The victim can be seen struggling to crawl away, as blood stains the aisle floor.
A shopper helps stem the blood streaming from her knife wounds until paramedics arrived.
The suspect can then be seen calmly walking away past the victim and her rescuers.
The victim was taken into intensive care with seven serious wounds to her head, face, neck, hands and spine.
Her injuries are not life-threatening, according to reports.
The former beauty queen was detained by police and members of Russia’s Investigative Committee after allegedly fleeing the scene.
A witness to the stabbing said the attacker “suddenly went berserk in the supermarket”.
After winning her beauty crown aged 18, Dolganovskaya wed local tycoon and politician Vadim Dolganovsky, but the marriage ended six years later.
The pair had no children.
Dolganovskaya continued to work in a store owned by her ex-husband after the split.
He remarried after the breakup, while she had problems getting her life back on track, said friends.
Her mother Elena Pimenova told NTV after her daughter was held by police that Dolganovskaya told her: “I have a feeling that some demons have clung to me.”
Law enforcement said it was treating the knifing as a random and unprovoked attack.
“The Investigative Committee in Ulyanovsk region has opened a criminal case into the attempted murder of a resident of Ulyanovsk,” said a statement.
Detectives are seeking “to establish all the circumstances of the incident”.
Forensic examinations have been carried out and an assessment will be made on the suspect’s mental state.