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Woman randomly stabbed in Alton pharmacy

By AP/KWMU

Alton, Ill. – Police in Alton, Ill. say a teenager randomly stabbed a woman who was sitting at a blood pressure checking machine in a pharmacy in Alton.

Ronda Wiegand, 47, is hospitalized at Saint Louis University Hospital, where she was flown with the five-inch steak knife still lodged in her back.

Madison County prosecutors have charged the 16-year-old suspect as a juvenile with aggravated battery. His name isn't being released.

Alton police say the incident took place Sunday night at a CVS pharmacy, where Wiegand was checking her blood pressure while waiting for a prescription to be filled.

Police say the teen didn't know Wiegand, adding he chose her randomly because he wanted to stab someone.

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