Epicentre stabbing brings safety concerns

A vicious stabbing in uptown Charlotte sparks new concerns over whether it's safe in the heart of the Queen City.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A vicious stabbing in uptown Charlotte sparks new concerns over whether it’s safe in the heart of the Queen City.

NBC Charlotte is learning new details about a man who was stabbed in the head by a complete stranger as he was leaving the Epicenter last month.

Now, the victim’s girlfriend is speaking out saying she no longer feels safe in Uptown.

Lisha Weck says her boyfriend, 37-year-old Silas Standley, had just left an Alive After Five event when he was attacked by a stranger at around 1 a.m.

“Somebody ran up behind him said,’boom,’ and stabbed him in the head,” says Weck. “It was completely random.”

Weck says Silas had brain surgery following the incident.

“It (the knife) did go into his skull and in his brain,” says Weck.

Police searched for a suspect in a busy uptown.  A man was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

“He’s completely ruined somebody’s life,” says Weck.

NBC Charlotte is finding violent crime is all too common in the area.  CMPD crime stats from this year show 76 assaults, including five with weapons within 1,000 feet of the Epicenter.

It’s leaving Weck, a Chicago native, shaken up in the Queen City.

“Charlotte was completely safe compared to Chicago and then something like this happens,” says Weck.

Weeks later, she says Silas is still unable to walk.

“He lost pretty much all movement on his left side,” says Weck.

She says she won’t be walking over there either.

“I personally wouldn’t be going there by myself anytime soon,” says Weck.

There is an online donation page set up to help with his hospital costs.  You can go to this link if you’d like to donate: https://www.youcaring.com/silasstandley-814133

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