Crime & Justice

Woman charged in Target store stabbings

A Northern California woman accused of stabbing four people at a Target store in West Hollywood was charged today with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors were asking that bail be set at $4 million for Layla Rosette Trawick, who was due today in Beverly Hills Superior Court for arraignment.

The 34-year-old Antioch woman faces four counts of attempted murder and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to Deputy District Attorney Steven Katz.

Trawick – who family members said had a history of mental health issues that caused her to lose custody of her son – was arrested Monday afternoon by an off-duty sheriff's deputy and security personnel who responded to screams in the store.

Trawick allegedly attacked random shoppers with knives she had brought with her to the Santa Monica Boulevard store. She was carrying two bloody knives when she was arrested, according to sheriff's deputies.

Entertainment journalist Allison McNamara was shopping when she encountered the screaming woman in the aisle that separated the skin-care and kitchen sections.

"She was yelling `I'm bipolar. There's no witness protection program,'" McNamara told the Los Angeles Times.

She said she saw the woman stabbing the upper back and shoulder of a male shopper, who had crouched down and covered up to fend off the attack.

Paramedics took one victim to a hospital with critical injuries, along with another patient with less serious injuries. The more seriously injured patient's condition was subsequently upgraded from critical to serious.

The two other stabbing victims were treated at the scene and did not require hospitalization, nor did two additional people with minor injuries.