A 69-year-old Madison man was charged Friday with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after police said he stabbed a woman four times Tuesday on Madison’s North Side.
Tong Va Lor was jailed on $30,000 bail after appearing in court Friday.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, police were called about 1:20 p.m. to the grounds of Mendota Mental Health Institute, where they were flagged down and shown into a building. There they made contact with a woman in the kitchen of one of the buildings there who said she had been stabbed by Lor.
The woman was found to have four wounds, two of them superficial but two severe, including one to her left wrist and forearm and another to her left side and back.
The complaint states that the woman told police she had been at a program at an address on Memorial Drive on the Mendota Mental Health Institute campus. The address stated in the complaint is for Kajsiab House, a program of Journey Mental Health developed as a place for Hmong elders and their families to be safe, experience culture, learn about life in the U.S. and receive mental health treatment, according to Journey’s website.
According to the complaint:
The woman told police that she was supposed to go for a walk with Lor but couldn’t because she had to pick up her grandchildren. While walking away from Lor, she told police, Lor said something like, “I’m going to die.” She stopped and questioned that statement, and as she walked away from him he said, “I’m going to kill you,” and stabbed her, she told police.
She was able to run from him. A man who was nearby told police he had seen Lor appear to punch the woman and heard her yell that Lor was killing her. He saw Lor drop a small knife, which the man said he grabbed and later turned over to a staff person.
The knife was described as a 7-inch kitchen knife with a white plastic handle.