CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police are searching for a man they say attacked a woman at a southwest Charlotte hotel after apparently posing as a maintenance worker.
The woman was in her room on Feb. 11 at the Days Inn on East Woodlawn Road, not far from Interstate 77, when she heard a knock at the door, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
The man said he was with maintenance, police said. The woman let him in, and then he briefly looked around the room and left. But he soon returned, and she let him in again.
The man stayed in the bathroom for some time but emerged and came at her aggressively, police said.
The man lunged for the phone in her hand, according to police, but the woman pulled out a knife and struggled with him. The suspect took the knife from her, cutting her on the hand, police said.
Then, the man fled, taking the woman's phone with him.
On Friday night, police released surveillance images that show the suspect in the hallway of the motel.
He was described as a black male in his 30s who is about 5-feet-11 with a medium to large build.
Police said he has a receding hairline and gold in his mouth.
He was last seen wearing glasses and a two-piece jogging suit with a triangular design on the front.
He was spotted leaving the hotel in a light color, possibly gold, Ford Crown Victoria-style car.