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Police: Random attack severely injures couple outside apartment building

Wasil Farooqui, 20 of Roanoke County has been charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail. (Mugshot)

ROANOKE Co., Va. (WSET) -- Roanoke County Police responded to a reported stabbing at The Pines Apartments in the 4300 block of Banbury Lane Saturday evening.

The call came in just before 8:00 p.m. reporting that a male and female had been attacked as they entered the apartment building.

Both were attacked with a knife and severely injured, police say. They say the male was able to fight off the attacker who fled the scene.

Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital while police conducted a search of the area for the suspect.

While officers were at the hospital with the victims, a male, identified as Wasil Farooqui, 20 of Roanoke County, came into the emergency room suffering from injuries of his own, police say.

They say Farooqui met the description of the suspect in the stabbing. Further investigation by police led to the arrest of Farooqui.

He is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

Police say it is believed that this was a random attack and Mr. Farooqui had no connection to the two victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roanoke County Police Department at (540) 562-3265.

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