A beauty queen has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a “random knife attack” on a shopworker.
It is claimed Natalya Dolganovskaya, 32, was heard shouting “I hate women” as she allegedly repeatedly stabbed her victim, according to local reports in Russia.
The woman was crowned Miss Ulyanovsk in 2005, a city on the Volga river in Russia, and had been a well known local model.
CCTV video footage shows a 36-year-old saleswoman being attacked at the fruit and vegetable section in a supermarket.
The attacker was finally stopped by another member of staff and a customer who rushed to the scene. A female employee grabbed the knife in a scuffle which ended up on the floor.
A shopper helped stop the blood until paramedics arrived. The victim is now in intensive care with seven serious wounds to her head, face, neck, hands and spine.
Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening according to reports.
The former beauty queen was detained by police and members of Russian’s Investigative Committee after fleeing the scene.
A witness said the alleged attacker “suddenly went berserk in the supermarket”.
After winning her beauty crown aged 18, Dolganovskaya wed local tycoon and politician named Vadim Dolganovsky, but the marriage ended six years later.
She continued to work in a store owned by her ex-husband after the split.
Authorities are treating the stabbing as a random and unprovoked attack.
“The Investigative Committee in Ulyanovsk region has opened a criminal case into the attempted murder of a resident of Ulyanovsk,” said a statement.
Detectives are seeking “to establish all the circumstances of the incident”.
Forensic examinations have been carried out and an assessment will be made on the suspect’s mental state.