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Parent says WeHo stabbing suspect is bipolar

May 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A woman was arrested after she stabbed four people at a West Hollywood Target store, leaving one victim critically wounded. The suspect's mother says her daughter struggles with mental disorders, including bipolar disorder.Late Monday evening, 34-year-old Layla Trawick was taken to the county jail to be booked on attempted murder charges.

Just hours earlier, authorities say Trawick went on a stabbing rampage inside a Target store in West Hollywood. She used two knives, a carving knife and a butcher knife, to randomly attack four shoppers.

One of the victims, a mother carrying a baby, was stabbed in the neck.

"The only thing I saw physically was she had two knives pointed at me," said Deputy Clay Grant of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Grant was off duty when he heard the screams of the victims in the store aisles.

He pulled out his service gun and twice ordered Trawick to drop her knives.

"Her facial expression was somebody who was lost confused, didn't know exactly where she was," Grant described.

Grant chased Trawick down several aisles before she finally complied and threw down her weapons. Authorities say she even struck a pose before getting on the ground.

Trawick's mother in Northern California says her daughter suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Trawick also has a 6-year-old son.

"I've been trying to get her institutionalized for years and the mental hospitals just keep releasing her. She's been in and out of them since she was 16," said Trawick's mother.

Witness also reportedly heard Trawick yell several times inside the store, "There is no witness protection program." Trawick's mother said that her daughter has been obsessed with the topic of witness protection for years.

Trawick has a criminal record in her home town of Antioch. She is currently being held on $1 million bail.


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