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Woman charged with stabbing at homeless shelter

Police say there is no apparent reason behind an incident that left one man with multiple stab wounds and a woman in jail this weekend.

Michelle Hunter, 40, was arrested for first-degree assault Sunday morning after she allegedly stabbed a fellow resident at the Beacon of Hope Emergency Shelter, 850 Bypass Road.

Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said the victim’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, but he was transported directly to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

The incident was reported at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, he said, after several other residents intervened.

“He was sitting on the edge of his bed and she came up and started stabbing him,” Hall said. The victim could not remember any incidents that would have prompted the attack, Hall said. Witnesses also did not shed any light on a motive.

“At this point, it’s an unprovoked attack,” Hall said.

Detectives recovered the weapon, which was described as a large kitchen knife.

Most of the wounds were to the victim’s back and torso, he said. It did not appear the two were face to face when the attack occurred.

Hall did not know how long either had been at the shelter.

Hunter is being held in the Clark County Detention Center.

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