A man standing in the middle of a rural road near Selma at night stabbed an unsuspecting woman who stopped her car, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department said.
About 1 a.m. Thursday, the woman, who was not identified, was driving near South Academy and East Rose avenues when she noticed a man standing in the middle of the road.
After she slowed down, he walked up to her car and opened the driver’s side door. He demanded her cellphone, but she could not reach it because it had fallen under her seat. He became upset and stabbed her in the leg with a knife, the sheriff’s office said.
When she told him she could not find her phone, he stabbed her leg two more times, pulled the key out of the ignition, reached over to the passenger seat and took the woman’s purse. He then walked around to the trunk, opened it and looked inside.
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Fearing that something worse would happen, the woman found her key, started the car and drove away. She then stopped at a business near East Mountain View and South Indianola avenues where an employee helped her call 911.
Deputies and emergency medical services arrived. She was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s or 30s, 5-feet-8 with a thin build. He was wearing a long-sleeve black shirt, black pants, black hat and black gloves.
Drivers should keep their doors locked and not stop for people in the middle of the road unless they known the person, the sheriff’s office said. If someone needs help or is causing a problem, call law enforcement and let them respond and check on the situation, said sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 559-600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867. Callers to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.