Woman Stabbed With X-Acto Knife in the Middle of Art Basel Miami Beach

Update: Miami Beach Police have identified the woman charged with the stabbing as Siyuan Zhao, a 24-year-old student from New York City. Zhao had been following the woman she stabbed around the fair, repeatedly bumping into her, police say. When that woman confronted her, Zhao stabbed her repeatedly. The victim didn't previously know Zhao, police say. When Zhao was arrested, police say, she yelled, "I had to kill her and two more!" and "I had to watch her bleed." 

Amidst the endless stalls of modern art choked with thousands of patrons inside Art Basel Miami Beach this afternoon, a scream burst through the cacophony inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. Was it performance art? A prankster?

As fairgoers converged, they quickly realized something more serious was afoot — a woman lie in the aisle bleeding from a stab wound.

Details are still scarce at the moment, but Miami Beach Police Detective Kathleen Prieto confirms to New Times that a fight between two women inside the main fair at the center of Miami Art Week escalated until one woman stabbed the other with an X-Acto knife. The stabbing happened around 5 p.m., she says.  

"There was an altercation between two females," Prieto says in a statement. "The subject took an X-Acto knife and stabbed the victim in the arms and neck."

The victim was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Her wounds aren't life threatening, Prieto says. 

The perpetrator, meanwhile, was quickly arrested. Both women were art fair patrons, Prieto says, not exhibitors or other employees. 

We'll update this post when more information is released.
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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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