Woman Charged With Attempted Murder in Coral Springs Stabbing

Woman Charged With Attempted Murder in Coral Springs Stabbing

Rachel Thomas

By Kevin Deutsch

A woman was charged with attempted felony murder Tuesday for stabbing a man near a Coral Springs Chevron station, court records show.

Rachel Thomas, 40, of Fort Lauderdale, followed the male victim as they exited a Broward County bus shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday and began cursing at him, according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Coral Springs Police Department.

The man told her to stop cursing at him, police said.

That’s when Thomas, who told detectives she has schizophrenia, pulled a knife from her bag and stabbed the man three times: one time each in his chest, face, and upper back, the affidavit states.

Her knife broke after the final blow, ending the attack, police said.

After the stabbing, Thomas walked into the Chevron station at 2251 N. University Dr. and purchased a cigar, police said. Police caught her in the area a short time later.

In a recorded interview, Thomas told police she felt the victim wanted to fight her and that she had intended to kill him, according to the affidavit.

According to Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department officials, the stabbing victim was transported to Broward Health North in serious condition.

Thomas is being held without bond at the North Broward Bureau Jail, records show.

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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.

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