In Miami, 24-year-old college student is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing another woman in the neck with an X-Acto knife during an altercation last week at a contemporary art gallery festival. Adding to the chaos, exhibit patrons apparently mistook the bloody scene for performance art.
Fight leads to woman stabbed at Art Basel Miami Beach
On Friday evening, Siyuan Zhao was arrested at Art Basel Miami Beach for stabbing another woman in the neck and shoulder several times. The altercation reportedly started when the victim, 33-year-old Seo Young Shin, confronted Zhao, accusing her of following and repeatedly bumping into her at the festival.
According to police, Zhao responded by pulling out an X-Acto knife and attacking Shin.
Fortunately, her injuries weren't life-threatening. Shin was transported to a local hospital and Zhao was taken into custody. According to the police report, as she was being patted down, Zhao told officers, "I had to kill her and two more!" and "I had to watch her bleed!"
What the f*ck.
Adding to the confusion, some patrons reportedly thought the stabbing was a performance art presentation. Others believed the police tape cordoning off the scene was part of an art installation.
One of the featured artists, Naomi Fisher, told the Miami Herald that shortly after the incident, "A guy walked up to me and said, 'I thought I saw a performance, and I thought it was fake blood, but it was real blood.'"
Zhao is a college student currently residing in New York City. Shin told police that she doesn't know Zhao and had never previously dealt with her before the altercation at Art Basel.
Police say Zhao has been charged with a felony to attempt murder.
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