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'Survivor: Fuji' Contestent Allegedly Beaten And Stabbed By Woman Who Followed Her Into Her Pilates Class
Alexandria Diaz allegedly followed "Survivor: Fuji" contestant Michelle Yi into a Pilates class she was about to teach, only to attack her.
A former “Survivor” contestant was stabbed and beaten in California as she was preparing to teach an early morning Pilates class, authorities say.
Michelle Yi, 37, entered the Pilates studio where she teaches in Santa Monica on Thursday morning only to be followed in by the suspect, identified by authorities as Alexandria Diaz, 25, who was yelling at her, People reports.
Lt. Rudy Flores, a spokesman for the Santa Monica Police Department, told Oxygen.com that Diaz was allegedly carrying two metal pipes and a rusted saw blade.
"She stabbed me in the left bicep," Yi told the outlet. "And then she hit me on the right hand with the baton. My Apple Watch shattered."
Yi said the woman also beat her in the face.
"My face split open," she said. "Blood was everywhere."
She wasn't the only person attacked that morning.
Flores told Oxygen.com that his department received a call about a woman who was “acting erratically” and “striking vehicles" in the area. When police arrive on scene, he said officers “witnessed the female suspect actively hitting a male victim with the pipes and they immediately took her into custody."
They then discovered that she had allegedly attacked two others, including Yi.
“Miss Yi indicated that the suspect struck her with the pipes and that at some point was poked with a rusted saw blade and caused a scratch," he said. "The strike with the metal pipe caused a two-inch laceration to her right eyebrow. Miss Yi at some point drove herself to a local hospital for treatment."
Yi, who competed on “Survivor: Fiji,” which aired in 2007, told People that she required stitches on her face. Her friend Murtz Jaffer, who first reported her attack on Twitter, posted images of Yi’s injuries. Oxygen’s attempts to contact Yi were not successful.
The other two victims had scratches to their face and head but refused medical treatment, Flores noted.
Diaz was arrested Thursday and was arraigned on Monday on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Flores told Oxygen.com that she has been struggling with her mental health and has been likely been homeless at some point in recent time. She has been reported missing by her family in the Fresno area. It's not clear if she has an attorney.
“There was initial reports of a possible hate crime but there is no indication of that," Flores told Oxygen.com, confirming that at least two Asian people had been among the victims. "She was erratic and attacking anyone and anything around her.”