Student describes terrifying moment she was stabbed in Leicester street
A student has described the terrifying moment a masked stranger grabbed and stabbed her as she walked home.
The attacker, whose face was covered by a scarf or a balaclava targeted the 22-year-old as she walked home from the library at De Montfort University on Tuesday night.
The attack, during which the man hit her on her back and sides several times, was over in moments.
People who came to the woman's aid took her indoors and realised blood was running from a wound at the base of her back.
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Doctors at Leicester Royal Infirmary told her the wound had been caused by a knife.
She said yesterday she had felt uneasy when she saw the man ahead of her, standing in the shadows. "It was weird, but I told myself he was probably just waiting for a cab, so I carried on walking toward him," she said.
"Just as I passed him, I could sense he was moving towards me and I felt him grab me from behind.
"He held my arms and began hitting me in the back and on my side, near my kidney.
"It felt like he was hitting me with something blunt. I just wanted to get him off me so I struggled with him.
"I even threw my bag at him because I thought he was probably trying to rob me. He ignored it.
"In all this time he didn't say anything to me at all and then he just stopped and walked away. He didn't even turn back to look at me.
"It's scary because I don't know what his motive was. I hope it was just a random thing and nothing to do with me.
"It was like he was waiting for a chance to attack someone and I was the first person who came along when there was nobody else around.
"I walk this way every day and always feel safe because there's always lots of people around.
"I didn't go out for a couple of days but I'm determined to get back to normal."
The attack happened in Eastern Boulevard, near Upperton Road, Leicester at 10.30pm.
Police have stepped up patrols in the area. Detective Constable Tim Smith said: "Normally, the motive in a case such as this would be robbery, but that doesn't appear to be the case here. This is unusual and isolated incident.
"We believe there were people in the area at the time and it is possible someone saw him. Even if it did not seem suspicious to them at the time, it is important they speak to us about what they saw."
The suspect is about 5ft 7in and of medium build. He was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood pulled up and dark tracksuit bottoms.
Contact Det Con Smith on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.