PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Home security video shows the moments leading up to a young woman being stabbed by a stranger in the Roseway neighborhood on March 10.
Eleanore, 18, was walking home from a friend’s house around 11:30 p.m. that night when she was attacked near Northeast 78th and Klickitat. She was stabbed multiple times and suffered life-threatening injuries.
The surveillance video shows the attack taking place at 11:38 p.m. The stranger is seen walking just steps behind Eleanore before running up and then back the way he came after the attack.
“I didn’t even know I was getting stabbed for most of it,” Eleanore told KOIN 6 News. “I was like ‘I’m getting punched, why is this happening? I need to scream really loud so someone will help me, so I did that a lot.”
After the suspect ran, Eleanore fell down and couldn’t move to reach her phone, so she just kept calling for help.
“I was on the ground and he’d run away and I thought oh my god, I might die here,” Eleanore said.
Thankfully neighbor David Veley heard her screams and came outside.
“We could see blood near her head and then running down the sidewalk and down the street. It was horrific,” Veley told KOIN after the attack. “We went and got towels and a blanket to cover her up and keep her warm a little bit.”
Eleanore’s injuries were extensive and more than a month later she’s still recovering. She lost a lot of blood and may have spinal cord damage.
She told KOIN she woke up in the ICU and couldn’t move her fingers, which was concerning as a computer science student but she’s back to typing now.
“Mentally what I’ve been doing is getting used to taking walks alone again, going out at night again, getting used to strangers walking up behind me and not getting freaked out,” she said.
Eleanore hopes someone will recognize the suspect’s walk or posture in the video.
The attacker was a stranger and police are still looking for information that will help find them. If you know anything, contact Detective Jeff Sharp at 503.823.9773.