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Suspect charged in random stabbing of elderly woman taking walk in Columbia

Owen Brown
Posted at 2:31 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 07:20:23-04

COLUMBIA, Md. — A 20-year-old man has been charged in the stabbing of an elderly woman taking a morning walk last week in Columbia.

The 80-year-old victim was on a trail in the 7000 block of Cradlerock Way in the Owen Brown area, when a man came from behind and stabbed her in the neck.

She's since been released from Shock Trauma.

A knife found on scene and a clothing description led police to Traquan Malik Waller.

Investigators believe Waller randomly attacked the victim with no specific motive.

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Waller's currently in custody at a hospital, where he's being treated for an unrelated issue.

He faces attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment charges.

Police plan on transporting Waller to the Howard County Detention Center once he is discharged.