Hotham St, St Kilda: Horror as woman is stabbed by stranger while on a morning walk

A woman has been slashed with a knife by a stranger while walking near a Jewish Synagogue.

The woman, aged in her 20s, was walking on Hotham St at St Kilda, in Melbourne’s southeast, when she was approached by the man at about 8.40am on Tuesday.

It’s alleged the man, 44, slashed the woman on her arm and then tried to flee the scene.

A Good Samaritan managed to restrain him until emergency services arrived. 

An alleged stabbing incident has taken place adjacent to the Yeshivah Centre in East St Kilda, Melbourne

The 44-year-old was arrested and taken to hospital under police guard with minor injuries.

The woman was also taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Hotham St has been blocked in both directions between Inkerman St and Carlisle St. 

The incident is understood to have occured outside the Yeshivah Centre, an orthodox Jewish organisation.

Victoria Police said in a statement the woman and man were not known to each other, and ruled out it being a religiously motivated attack.

‘At this early stage in the investigation, there is nothing to suggest that the incident was religiously motivated,’ police said.