CORNELIUS-- Police say a random, vicious attack of a 64-year-old Cornelius woman left her bloodied and alone. The victim, who's asked to remain anonymous, said two men attacked her from behind in the area of Baseline and 20th while she was walking home on New Year's Eve around 12:30am.
She never got a close look at them as she fell to the ground. The victim said they kicked her face repeatedly. The attack left her with a broken shoulder, a possibly fractured eye socket, and some lost teeth.
The woman believes the attackers were after money. She had left her wallet with a friend, so when these thieves rifled through her purse, there was nothing to take.
Jason Smith spotted the woman from across the street. " I approached her and asked if she needed help. She was bleeding from her face," Smith said."Just left her for dead. That's basically how I walked up to her, left for dead," he said. She asked Smith to please walk her home and that she would call police in the morning.
"That was horrifying. I started crying immediately," said daughter Alisa when she first spotted her mother. "Her face was black and blue. She had a cut and then she smiled at me and her teeth were all mangled. It was awful," she said.
There is no suspect description other than the victim said it sounded like there were two men with Hispanic-sounding accents. "Maybe these guys were out bragging and telling stories and maybe somebody has overheard something," said Cornelius Assistant Chief of Police, Joe Noffsinger.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Cornelius Police at 503- 359-1881.