Police last night arrested a 15-year-old Palestinian boy suspected of stabbing an Israeli woman outside a park in downtown Jerusalem.

A Magen David Adom ambulance rushed the lightly wounded 28-year-old woman to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

Meanwhile, police found the suspect, whose clothes were drenched in blood, hiding in an alley a few hundred meters from the scene of the incident. The youth confessed to the attack, saying he followed the woman down King David Street and stabbing her repeatedly in the torso.

The youth told police that earlier yesterday he had quarreled with his Ramallah employer, a the owner of a butcher's shop, over money the boy said was owed him. He said he stabbed his employer in the face and then fled to Jerusalem, where he decided to commit a second stabbing so that police would arrest him.

The attack is the second stabbing incident in Jerusalem in the last two months.

On August 24, Shmuel Mett, a 21-year-old Briton studying at the Mir Yeshiva, was fatally stabbed next to the Old City's Jaffa Gate. A fellow student, Sam Weissbard, 22, was wounded in the attack. Security forces arrested a suspect in the case a few weeks ago.