The woman was not the victim of a robbery, as initially reported, but the victim of a violent attack, Salt Lake City Police said Tuesday.
The woman was walking home from The City Library near 400 South and Denver Street around 8:15 p.m on March 19.
The man attacked her from behind in the parking lot of the Faustina restaurant near 450 East and 300 South.
The woman does not want to be identified, but chose to warn other women about the attack.
“I thought I was going to die,” she said.
The woman said the man used a steak knife to attack her face. She said he targeted her eyes and mouth. She struggled and fought back.
People near the Faustina restaurant heard her screams. Police said she did the right thing.
“All the noise she was making and the fact that we believes she struggled so hard is what caused him to flee,” Officer Dennis McGowan with Salt Lake Police said.
The man is described as a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with brown hair down to his chin.
McGowan reminded the public to be cautious and aware of their surroundings.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Salt Lake Police Department at 801-799-7000.
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