CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A neighborhood is on edge as police look for answers in a reported stabbing at an apartment complex.
A woman was rushed to the hospital after she was stabbed during a sexual assault at an apartment complex in southwest Charlotte Wednesday night.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were called to the Courtney Ridge Apartments off Yorkmont Road near the Charlotte Farmers Market around 7:15 p.m. When officers got to the scene, the victim said she was standing outside a car when a man wearing dark clothes approached her.
The victim said the suspect then sexually assaulted her and when she tried to fight back, the suspect stabbed her multiple times. He then ran from the apartments into a wooded area. Police said the suspect had his face covered during the attack.
A K-9 officer was called to the apartments and tried to track the suspect and was unsuccessful, but they say they are stepping up patrols in the area.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department told NBC Charlotte they are actively investigating the case. Neighbors said they want more information about exactly what happened because they are concerned for their safety.
The call for help triggered a significant police response at the apartment complex.
“I was coming back from somewhere with a friend and there was five police cars, a news van, and caution tape,” said Mallory Baise, who lives at the apartment complex.
A 32-year-old woman told police a man stabbed her and tried to sexually assault her. However, after searching the area, officers did not find the person she described.
“The canines, I read online, they chased him but they couldn't find him, so this guy could come back,” Baise said.
The apartment is a gated community. Neighbors said it’s not an area that has a problem with crime.
“I haven't heard anything like that before,” one resident told NBC Charlotte.
Now, neighbors are looking for answers about what exactly happened and why.
“That’s scary knowing that here I am 22-years-old and I just need to be careful and make sure no one approaches me,” Baise said.
“We’ll have a to see what happens, I want to get more details on it,” a neighbor said.
The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries. She is expected to be okay.
The victim told police the suspect is a know acquaintance with whom she had a prior relationship.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704.334.1600. All calls are kept confidential and callers who provide information may earn a cash reward of up to $1,000.