Noelia de Mingo, a doctor who killed three people and seriously injured another five in 2003 at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation has attacked again this Monday with a knife, in El Molar, a town north of Madrid.
El Confidencial learned the doctor has since stabbed two women. The stabbings were of varying severity carried out in a supermarket and a pharmacy in the municipality. Shortly after, De Mingo was arrested by the Civil Guard.
The multiple attacks occurred around 12:00 hours in the MaxCoop Unide store, located on Avenida de España. There she stabbed the cashier, a 46-year-old woman. After being stabilised by the Summa-112 health workers, she was transferred by ambulance to the 12 de Octubre Hospital in Madrid.
De Mingo then went to an adjoining pharmacy, where stabbed a 53-year-old woman. After being stabilised, she was moved to the La Paz hospital.
Standing in street with knife in hand
Two local police officers from El Molar managed to disarm and arrest the attacker. She stood for several minutes in a street with a knife in her hand. Neighbouring shopkeepers locked themselves in their buildings.
This is not the first time that she had acted violently. On April 4, 2003, De Mingo, 31 years old at the time and working in the Rheumatology service, took up a knife and stabbed eight people 17 times at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation.
The doctor killed three people and others suffered serious injuries when fleeing from her or when trying to stop her. A guard stopped her by hitting her with a coat rack.
Released as an outpatient
The Alicante Penitentiary Surveillance Court considered she “does not constitute a danger to others or to herself”
On June 7, 2006, the doctor was acquitted of the charges of murder and attempted murder by the Provincial Court when it was found that she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. She was given 25 years of confinement in a psychiatric hospital. According to the experts who testified at the trial, De Mingo suffered from paranoia and hallucinations, so she had bought a knife to get rid of coworkers she believed wanted to kill her.
After six years in the hospital, De Mingo began in 2011 to enjoy therapeutic outings. Some of those permits lasted several months and had been authorised by a prison surveillance judge. At no time during those outings did she have any problems.
In 2017, she underwent a psychiatric examination. Then it was determined she could leave the psychiatric hospital and be treated as an outpatient in the custody of her family.