Couple attacked by strangers in Kzoo; suspects at-large

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Kalamazoo are searching for a man and woman they say pepper sprayed two people and stabbed one of them.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers were called to Bronson Hospital around 9:30 p.m. Thursday after a stabbing victim arrived at the hospital. When officers arrived, they found a 48-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to his back and a female who had been pepper sprayed.

The victims told officers that, while walking in the 100 block of E Walnut Street, they began speaking with a man and woman they did not know and asked them for a cigarette. The man began to argue with the pair and assaulted the female victim. The male victim tried to intervene and began to struggle with the male suspect. The male suspect then stabbed the male victim in the back. The female suspect sprayed both victims in the face with pepper spray, then both suspects took off on foot.

Officers say both victims walked to the hospital. The knife was still in the back of the male victim when they arrived, and authorities say he suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The female victim was treated and released.

A K-9 unit was brought to the scene of the assault, but officers were not able to track the suspects.

The suspects are described as a white male and white female, both in their mid-to-late 20s. The female suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans and a light-colored jacket. The victims were not able to provide a description of what the male suspect was wearing.

The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call KDPS at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

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