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Jan 29, 2013 3:34 PM

Woman Charged In Fayette Mall Face-Slashing Attack Arrested

Lexington Police on Tuesday said they have made an arrest in an assault case in which a woman's face was slashed inside Fayette Mall.

Nicole Bewley, 22, is one of two women who police say participated in the attack, which happened on January 15. She is charged with first-degree assault. The second suspect, whose name has not been released, has not yet been arrested.

"She looked me dead in the eye and smiled at me," said victim Nicole Kyaw of one of her attackers. Seconds later Kyaw says two girls tackled her to the ground. "All I remember is just trying to protect my head," she said.

Her face then was slashed, criss-crossed with a razor or blade of some sort. "I ran to my work," said Kyaw. "I had a bleeding face. I told my manager to call 911. I didn't think they sliced my face up like this."

It was a violent attack Kyaw says happened right outside the Deb store in Fayette Mall. Kyaw, who models sometimes, believes the girls intentionally went after her face. She says she's acquainted with them by name only after she dated one of their ex-boyfriends. Kyaw doesn't believe it was a chance encounter. "The witness told me they called my job and asked them what time I was working," she said.

As police investigate, Kyaw recalls what UK Hospital doctors told her in the ER. "They told me if they went down a little bit more on my neck I would be dead from losing so much blood," she said.

Kyaw hopes the cuts will heal with no scars.

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