ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A random attack inside a convenience store earlier this week left an Albuquerque woman with six knife wounds.
The woman survived as store employees and witnesses stepped in to stop the attack.
The incident happened at the Allsup's store on Zuni Road SE near Louisiana Boulevard just after 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Albuquerque police say the 33-year-old woman was paying for some items when she asked a man if he was in line. A minute later, he suddenly snapped.
Police say James Gloystein, 45, took out a large knife and began swinging at the woman.
"This is a random incident, but we are looking into the fact of was he drinking, was he on drugs, were there some mental health issues here?" Albuquerque Police Department Officer Simon Drobik said. "We tried to interview the guy.
"He didn't want to cooperate with us at all so we couldn't get his side of the story."
The victim told KRQE News 13 over the phone that she can't stop thinking about that day. She also said she is doing better thanks to support from friends and family.
Gloystein is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He had pleaded guilty to felony assault in May and was sentenced to a year's probation.
Back in January Gloystein threatened a woman with a knife outside another corner convenience store about five blocks away on Louisiana. The woman ran inside the store, and when police arrived, Gloystein told them, "I wanted to stab a woman, so I can go to jail."
The criminal complaint says Gloystein is on medication for schizophrenia, and whenever he goes to the hospital, they "release him without ever giving him any help."
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