A 14-year-old girl has been hospitalised after being stabbed at the back during a mugging at Blacktown, Western Sydney, on Thursday night.

News.com.au reported the arrival of emergency services on Swinson Road where the incident occurred at around 8:30 p.m. According to the reports, the girl was taking a walk with a 15-year-old boy on the road when she got hurt in the robbery. Police claimed that a man approached them and asked for the girl’s backpack. Seeing the threatening appeal of the man, a fight broke out between the three on the street. The struggle ended with the escape of the mugger with the girl’s bag after stabbing her.

An immediate paramedic treatment was provided to the mugging victim and then she was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she was declared to be in a stable condition. Detective Inspector Paul Tickner said that the attack was “pretty callous.” “So we have a male adult offender here attacking two children in the street,” he said as quoted by the ABC. “It doesn’t appear they were followed, so he may have been in the area anyway. It’s possible he may live nearby, so certainly we’ll be seeking any assistance from anyone who has any information.”

Tickner said the teenager might get discharged from the hospital on Friday. The inspector described the severity of the injury, saying “it could have been serious.” He said that the angle of the injury was an upward type and not a straight cut. In addition to that, the detective also provided the status of the recovery of the girl’s bag. “The bag was a pink Lonsdale bag. We still haven’t recovered that, so if anyone finds a pink Lonsdale bag in the area, we’d certainly appreciate them contacting detectives and letting us know,” he said.

Tickner also claimed that there were some neighbours who chased the mugger who attacked the girl, and the officials are speaking to them to find out details that could help in his arrest.