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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Girl, 15, Kills Attacker With His Own Knife

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Source: Moscow police

A 15-year-old girl stabbed and killed a man with his own knife late last week in northern Moscow after he purportedly tried to rape her, investigators said.

The girl left a friend's house at around 9 p.m. Friday night to catch a train to her home in Khimki, on Moscow's northern outskirts.

While waiting for the train on a deserted platform at the Planernaya commuter train station, the girl was apparently approached by a man who produced a knife. The man threatened to kill the girl if she screamed, said Dmitry Koshtin, an investigator at the city's Golovinskaya Distict Prosecutor's Office.

"It's my birthday, so you are going to make me happy," the man said, Izvestia reported, citing police sources.

The girl, who is a gymnast, kicked the man and ran, but she tripped moments later and was caught. The man snatched the girl's phone, and a scuffle ensued during which the girl wrestled the knife from the man and stabbed him in the back, Koshtin said.

Investigators at the scene found a corpse with knife wounds to the back. The corpse had a mobile phone in one hand and a kitchen knife in the other.

There was speculation that the man may have pulled the knife from his back himself and attempted to call for an ambulance. The man found at the scene, whose identity was still being established, matched the girl's description.

Koshtin said he could give no information on the name of the girl, citing the ongoing investigation. Izvestia referred to the girl as "Yevgenia G." Koshtin said that did not match her real name.

The investigator would not say whether the girl faced charges related to the stabbing.

The incident echoed the stabbing of an Armenian taxi driver by a passenger three years ago.

In December 2003, Alexandra Ivannikova, 29, stabbed Sergei Bagdasaryan, 23, an ethnic Armenian, in the thigh with a knife after waving down his car for a ride. She said he was trying to rape her, and a homicide conviction was subsequently overturned on appeal.

Ivannikova was given 50,000 rubles from an ultranationalist group praising her bravery.