MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Murfreesboro police are continuing to search for a man who attacked a woman at knifepoint Friday night near Middle Tennessee State University.
Nathalie Rodriguez told News 2 she was walking alone near the corner of Division Street and Middle Tennessee Blvd., just across from Murphy Center, when she was approached from behind by the man.
“I was walking down the street to clear my head,” she said. “Some guy came up behind me and said, ‘hey.’ I turned around and I [saw] him and he started swinging and [I] noticed he had a knife in his hand. I put my hand up and he sliced me down to the bone. He dropped me and walked away.”
Rodriguez, who had to get three stitches in her finger, said she does not know why the man attacked her.
“I have no idea,” she said. “I don’t understand why.”
Rodriguez, who has lived in Murfreesboro for nearly 16 years, said crime in the area is worse than she can ever remember in recent years.
“I’m moving out to the country,” she said. “I can’t deal feeling like a prisoner in my own home,” she said.
Rodriguez didn’t get a good description of the suspect. Police said if the man is caught he will be charged with aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and theft.
MTSU students News 2 spoke with said Friday night’s incident is concerning.
“[I’m] mainly concerned for other students, me, myself being military, I can handle myself in a situation like that, but you never know when someone are going to walk up to you out here,” student Phillip Parker said.
Anyone with information is urged to call police at 615-893-STOP.