The woman, Antoinette Starks, 55, of Bowie, had been released in recent months from a psychiatric facility where she was held after stabbing two women at a Montgomery County mall in 2005. Authorities said she recently had been staying at an adult group home in Bowie.
Starks was arrested about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, shortly after she allegedly stabbed a 39-year-old woman who was loading purchases into her car in the parking lot of a Target store, police said.
When police arrived at the shopping center, in the 10400 block of Martin Luther King Highway, they found the victim in the parking lot, with multiple stab wounds. Starks was also in the parking lot, holding knives.
Starks ignored demands to drop the knives, which police said she had stolen earlier from a store nearby, and continued walking through the parking lot, police said. Officers used a Taser to subdue Starks and took her into custody.
Police confirmed that Starks was previously involved in the stabbing of two women at a Nordstrom in the Westfield Montgomery Mall in 2005, when she reportedly chased shoppers with four butcher knives.
The incident took place one day after Starks, a paranoid schizophrenic, was released from prison after serving 16 months for malicious destruction of property.
The two victims in the 2005 incident, each stabbed multiple times, survived and sued Nordstrom in 2008. In April, a judge ordered Nordstrom to pay the victims $1.6 million.
In connection with Tuesday’s incident, Starks has been charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and assault with a deadly weapon.
The victim, whose identity has not been released, was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition.