Police officers in Toronto have identified the woman suspected of carrying out a random stabbing near the city’s financial district Dec. 11.
The public is being asked to help locate 40-year-old Rohinie Bisesar, who allegedly walked into a Shoppers Drug Mart just before 3 p.m. and attacked a woman with a knife.
A police spokesman released Bisesar’s name at a press conference Dec. 14.
“We believe this to be a completely unprovoked attack,” Constable David Hopkinson added, according to CBC.
The victim has not been identified. She was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“She remains in grave condition, she’s not doing well,” Hopkinson said of the victim.
No motive has been suggested for the stabbing.
A LinkedIn profile that appears to belong to Bisesar shows that she is a graduate of Toronto’s York University and worked in the financial sector, CBC notes. Between 2011 and 2013, she chaired a sub committee for Women in Capital Markets, a networking organization.
“The [behavior] that is alleged is extremely, extremely out of character for Rohinie," Adris Pone, a colleague of Bisesar, told City News. "(I’m) absolutely shocked. This is someone who is very gentle, very calm, very measured. She speaks almost with a whisper. Physically she is like 5’1 in heels, probably 85 lbs. soaking wet."
Bisesar was also praised on her LinkedIn page by a former university colleague.
“She was superb both for the outstanding quality of her work and for her warmth and interpersonal skills,” wrote associate professor Georges Monette, according to CBC.
The broadcaster contacted Monette for his reaction to the news, but he refused to comment any further.
Police have advised any member of the public who sees Bisesar to stay away from her and call 911, as she is considered to pose a risk of further violence.
Bisesar faces an attempted murder charge.