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83-year-old Smithfield woman says she was injured by razor blade on car-door handle

An 83-year-old Smithfield woman told police she was cut on the thumb by a razor blade this week as she opened her car door.

The woman went to be treated Tuesday at Johnston Medical Center when police were called to investigate, according to a news release from the Smithfield Police Department. She told investigators that she did not stop to retrieve the razor blade before driving herself to the hospital.

Investigators searched the scene in the 100 block of South Second Street near the Johnston County Courthouse but were unable to find a razor blade, police said.

Police say they believe this was an isolated incident, but they are asking residents to be vigilant about their surroundings. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121.

This is the second time in two weeks police in the area have investigated injuries caused by hidden razor blades.

Siler City police said a shopper at the Walmart there was injured by a razor blade that was hidden on a shopping cart handle. They subsequently found other carts with hidden razor blades, according to a Facebook post.

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.


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