Police: Woman, 25, stabbed near Detroit RiverWalk

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 25-year-old woman was stabbed Wednesday morning near the RiverWalk in downtown, police say.

An elderly man was also hurt at the same time, in the same area, though police aren't entirely sure what happened to him.

The stabbing took place about 4 a.m. near the Detroit Princess Riverboat, and, according to one victim, took place "for no apparent reason."

The victims, police say, are homeless. 

Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, told The Detroit News that the woman's stabbing took place just off the RiverWalk, behind Joe Louis Arena, where she'd been sleeping.

"We scoured our video," Wallace said. "When someone gets hurt near the RiverWalk, we try to help them."

After the woman was attacked, Wallace said, she ran to the RiverWalk, and soon saw security, which helped her and alerted police. 

As security was helping the woman, the elderly man approached and indicated he needed help, too. The assaults both victims allegedly suffered took place in two separate incidents.

The Detroit Riverwalk area is seen, Tuesday July 19, 2016, near the William G Milliken State Park & Harbor in Detroit.

The younger victim, a 25-year-old woman, told police the suspect just approached her and stabbed her. She was left with "at least two" stab wounds on the right side of her neck and head. Medics transported her to an area hospital, where she is in temporary serious condition.

The older victim, the 86-year-old man, had a "gash to the back of his head," but police say it's not certain he was actually stabbed. Police describe him as an "elderly Hispanic man," who was "intoxicated" and "had difficulty expressing himself," so police don't know if he was assaulted or was hurt when he fell. Officers found him east a bit from where the woman was stabbed, closer to Woodward and East Jefferson.

Police also say it's unclear whether the same suspect targeted both individuals. 

Police describe the suspect in the woman's stabbing as a black male standing 5-foot-7 with a thin build. He wore a white T-shirt. 

Some 3 million people visit the Detroit RiverWalk annually, per the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, which manages the land.