A teenage girl was stabbed by a homeless woman Wednesday night in Center City's Love Park, police said, and is on the mend.
The 15-year-old girl was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital in critical condition with wounds to her stomach and a shoulder. On Thursday, she was stable, police said.
A 16-year-old girl was cut on the nose during the same assault, police said.
Police said the assailant, 19-year-old Gabriel Hodges, would be charged with aggravated assault in the attack.
The girls, who have not been identified and who both live elsewhere in the city, were goofing around with friends near the fountain in Love Park about 7 p.m., splashing one another, police said. Hodges was nearby and at one point got hit with a water bottle, police said.
Hodges apparently thought one of the girls had thrown the bottle, and she and the teenagers got into an argument, police said. Hodges then stabbed the two teens with a pair of scissors, and was leaving the area when police arrived.
The 15-year-old underwent surgery for her injuries. The 16-year-old later went to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where she was treated and released.