Attorney for alleged sword attacker blames 'severe psychotic episode'

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 4:32 PM

HOUSTON -- By all accounts, it sounds as if 44-year old Humera Mahmood completely lost it Thursday night when she allegedly stabbed two of her neighbors at the Stoneleigh Apartments in Spring--with a sword.

It is still not clear why she allegedly did it.

“It’s too early to determine what the trigger was,” said her attorney, Paul Nugent. “But Mahmood had a severe psychotic episode.”

He said she does not remember that day and that her daughters knew about her fragile mental state. He claims they even tried to get her help the day before the attacks.

“Her family called the police,” Nugent said. “She was brought to a hospital and released, and then this tragedy happened shortly thereafter. So the family feels horrible for what happened.”

The first victim suffered cuts to her hand as she tried to close a door which was damaged. The second victim was a neighbor walking home.

Neither of their injuries were life-threatening.

Witnesses say Mahmood resisted arrest up until she was tased. She now faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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