NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for two men who followed a Brooklyn woman home, and attacked her.
She was stabbed in the back as she tried to fight them off.
CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis spoke exclusively with that victim on Sunday night.
“I’ve never been scared in my life, never in my whole life,” the woman said.
The 53-year-old was too fearful to reveal her face after the terror she faced back on March 26 in East New York.
“I was coming from the store and I don’t know … it just happened so fast. They came from behind me and the guy said if I don’t give him my money he’s gonna kill me,” she said.
Police released video of those men at the Hegeman Avenue apartment building where the attempted robbery happened.
The victim said the suspects followed her through the front door to her apartment and attacked her when she tried to get inside, DeAngelis reported.
“I’m stuck between the door here like this and I’m fighting him because I’m fighting for my life,” she said, adding, “I’m fighting a man that was like a loose cannon.”
The victim was able to break away from the suspects, but not before she was bruised and stabbed in the back. She was later treated at Brookdale Hospital.
“I’m still in a lot of pain. I haven’t moved for a whole week,” she said.
She may have been alone in her fight, but not alone in how she feels.
Another resident who asked to be anonymous told DeAngelis, “I don’t feel safe. My son doesn’t feel safe. I want to leave.”
Harold McLaughlin, who has lived in the area for a year, said, “Pretty much older people live here and everything else, so its surprising.”
The front door has a lock, and the building is armed with cameras, but residents still feel unsafe and have a host of other issues with the landlord. CBS2’s DeAngelis spoke to an assistant building superintendent who said he’s looking into what happened.
Meanwhile, the victim has a message of her own.
“Really be careful of your surroundings because you just never know,” she said.
Police are asking the public to contact them if they see these suspects, who are described as two black males wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.