Posted: Jan 17, 2013 4:37 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2013 6:11 PM
A woman is recovering after she was attacked in a very public place and her face was slashed with a razor.
The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in Fayette Mall as shoppers walked by. You're probably thinking how can this happen in a place as busy as Fayette Mall. Well it did, right out in the open, now police are looking for the two young women who cut up the victim's face.
"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. As for the investigation, police are calling this an assault-second offense, and arrests are expected.