Incident Summary:

11/20/2019: An assailant stabbed and injured a woman wearing a fur coat (or boots) along Fairmount boulevard at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States. The assailant, identified as an animal rights extremist, had a history of attacking people wearing fur and had said “she wanted to set up an animal rights militia.” Sources also noted that it remained unknown if the victim was wearing real fur.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Cleveland Heights

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Fairmount boulevard.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A kitchen knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources indicated that the assailant was found not guilty due to reason of insanity.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Rights extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Police: Woman stabbed another in belief she was wearing fur," Associated Press Newswires, November 21, 2019.