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London man charged with attempted murder after stabbing a woman outside a school in St. Marys

A London man has been arrested after a woman was stabbed multiple times outside a school in St. Marys, Ont., police say. 

Police believe the altercation was an isolated incident and say there's no concern for public safety

During an altercation in the parking lot of Little Falls Public School, police say a woman was stabbed several times by a man until she was able to run and seek help at the school. (@SPSmediaoffice/Twitter)

A London man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed multiple times outside a school in St. Marys, Ont., police say. 

Shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, Stratford police say a man and a woman were involved in an altercation in the parking lot of Little Falls Public School. 

During the altercation, the woman was stabbed by the 36-year-old man several times before she was able to run and seek help at the school, police say. 

Local emergency crews arrived on the scene and the woman was first taken to St. Marys Memorial Hospital before being transported to Victoria Hospital in London to be treated for life-threatening injuries. 

On Thursday, police said the woman underwent a lengthy surgery and remains in hospital. 

Stratford police issued a statement asking for the public's help in locating the man Wednesday and an arrest was made shortly after. 

A 36-year-old from London was charged with attempted murder and remained in Stratford police custody on Thursday awaiting a bail hearing.

On Wednesday, Little Falls Public School was placed on lockdown to allow police to investigate and collect evidence. Students were allowed to move freely inside the school and classes continued as normal. 

Police say there is no concern for public safety, as they believe the altercation was an isolated incident.