A D.C. woman spoke with News4's Pat Collins with hope her story of survival will help bring her attacker to justice.
The victim of a brutal attack inside in a northeast D.C. apartment last week gave News4 a firsthand account from her hospital room Thursday.
The 24-year-old woman was stabbed more than 25 times and left for dead in her Rhode Island Row home, police said.
The victim, a consultant with two master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon who moved to D.C. last summer, was working from home when she got a knock at the door about 2 p.m. Friday. She heard repeated knocking at her door by a man promising a party. He forced his way in to her apartment.
“He asked me, ‘Do you want to die?’” the victim said. “I said, ‘No.’ He was like, ‘OK, because I don’t have that much to live for.’”
The man attempted to sexually assault her before allegedly trying to kill her. She said she screamed at the top of her lungs and fought back.
“He started stabbing me and kicking my face in, and I was just fighting as best as I could,” she said. “I don’t remember much following that, but I know he was just stabbing me everywhere, over and over again.”
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is livid and wants the man off the streets.
“We gotta get the guy off the street,” she said. “He thought, probably, that he had killed her and left her there. I can’t imagine him not doing this again if we don’t get him. We have to get him off the street.”
Lanier has frequently visited the victim in the hospital and is moved by her courage.
“He’s a sociopath that needs help, and I don’t want him to hurt anybody else,” the victim said.
Surveillance cameras caught clear images of the man. Anyone who knows anything about the case or recognizes the man in the video contact police at 202-727-9099 or text a tip to 50411.