Woman stabbed: Map

A woman was reportedly stabbed as she slowed her car after being approached by a man standing in the middle road near South Academy and East Rose avenues.

Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who is accused of stabbing a woman multiple times after opening her car door and demanding her cell phone.

According to a sheriff’s press release, a woman was driving near South Academy and East Rose avenues just east of Selma at 1 a.m. Feb. 8 when she saw a man standing in the middle of the road.

The man opened her driver’s side door after she slowed down as she approached him on the street. He demanded her phone, but because she couldn’t reach it as it had fallen under his seat, the man got upset and stabbed her in the leg, according to the press release.

The sheriff's report that the man stabbed her two more times in her leg, took the key out of the ignition and reached into the passenger seat and took her purse. The suspect then walked around to her trunk, opened it and looked inside. The woman was finally able to find her key, start the car and drive away.

She drove to a nearby business on East Mountain View and South Indianola avenues where an employee called 911. Sheriff’s deputies and an ambulance responded and the woman was later treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s or 30s, 5 feet 8 inches and with a thin build. He was wearing a long sleeve black shirt, black pants, black hat and black gloves.

Anyone with information on the suspect in this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 600-3111 or Valley Crime Stoppers at 498-7867. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

The sheriff’s office encourages people to drive with their doors locked and to not stop for people on the road if they do not know them. If you feel the person may need help or is causing a hazardous situation, call law enforcement so they can respond to check on the person.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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