Behind a bandage is a painful gash that now runs deep along the Bronx mother’s temple, just centimeters from her eye.
“I just heard in my head like a big ‘bang, bang,’ and I said, ‘what happened?’” she told CBS2’s Reena Roy in an exclusive interview Friday.
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The 48-year-old never saw the violent, flat-out random attack coming. She said she’s now scared to show her face.
“I saw a little bit of my hair. I turned around and saw the guy running, and said, ‘What did I do?’” she said.
It’s a question that keeps her up at night.
Police said around 8:30 p.m. Monday a man approached her on 125th Street, with no words and no warning. Surveillance video shows him appear to pull a razor out of his month, turn around and slash her.
“It happened so fast. I didn’t expect that. I don’t know,” she said. “He just hit me and ran.”
She said she had been walking down 125th Street in between two cleaning jobs to catch a bus. Instead, she ended up bleeding in front of the Apollo Theater where she was attacked.
“I saw my blood coming out and then I was afraid, and some people started giving some napkins, but it didn’t work nothing,” she said.
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As the blood kept rushing, the only thing on her mind was her two young daughters.
She was rushed to Harlem Hospital where doctors sewed the cut with seven stitches.