Police said they found Neel Salil Mehta, 20, of Cary holding a “large knife” at the scene of a Thursday afternoon knife attack on an 18-year-old student on Venezia Drive, and they charged him with assault with a deadly weapon while an EMS crew rushed the woman to Duke University Hospital in Durham with serious wounds.
Police said Mehta approached the woman shortly after 3 p.m. after she got off a school bus in the 1800 block of Venezia Way. Mehta began to cut and stab her with the knife, Capt. Blair Myhand said. An arrest warrant described the weapon as a machete.
Myhand said the victim was on the ground injured as police arrived, and Mehta dropped the knife when officers approached him.
Mehta was treated for minor injuries he apparently got during the attack, Myhand said.
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“We have determined that this is not a random incident, as the victim and suspect knew each other from a previous dating relationship,” Myhand said Thursday night. “There is no threat to the neighborhood [and] the victim is in stable condition at this time.”
“They obviously knew each other,” Myhand said.
An arrest warrant identified the victim as Priyanka Kumari, who lives on a street near the bus stop.
Henry Gargan: 919-460-2604; @hgargan