Man interrupts attack on young woman


by WHAS editors

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 12 at 11:02 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A young woman is viciously attacked and robbed in broad daylight on her way to work. 

Police are asking for the communities help to find the man responsible. It happened while she was walking from Orville to Preston Highway, not far behind the Guardian Angels Church near the Newburg Area as the victim was walking to the bus stop on Preston Highway.  Surveillance cameras recorded the ordeal.

It was a warm, beautiful July morning as a young woman walked to the bus stop.  Though she was alone, the 22-year-old didn’t appear to be concerned for her safety. After all, it was a walk she made every day. But then, out of nowhere, she was attacked.

In real time, it's barely more than a blur.  The video captured on a neighbor's surveillance camera shows a man rush up behind the woman and knock her to the ground.

Her cries for help eventually caught the attention of a nearby neighbor who walked toward the bridge. 

“I walked out along the ditch line and I saw somebody laying on the ground, but it was a pretty good distance…I said, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ And immediately, the guy jumps up and runs across the bridge,” the neighbor who wished to remain unidentified said.

The neighbor turned his attention back to the woman on the ground.

“I was walking closer, she gained consciousness and got up and she was screaming and she was just hysterical,” he said. 

The woman had trouble getting to her feet and seemed disoriented, but managed to thank the neighbor who intervened.  Then she too, left the scene.  

The neighbor’s wife had called 911 and filed a police report while he went to work, all the while think he should have done more. 

“I thought the whole day I did something wrong, that I should’ve ran after him,” he explained. 

But, when he got home from work and saw the surveillance video, he realized he did just enough and likely saved the woman’s life.

The woman speaks very little English and didn't report the crime until hours later through the help of an interpreter.  She told police the suspect also took $50 and her cell phone.

Detective Justin Aubrey with LMPD said he hopes that will  provide hard evidence to connect someone to the crime.  Click on the video for a better look at the suspect.  Anyone with information is asked to call 5747-LMPD (5673).