Woman stabbed, sexually assaulted outside southwest Charlotte apartment, police say

Police are searching for a man they said stabbed and sexually assaulted a woman in the parking lot of a southwest Charlotte apartment complex.The man attacked the woman around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Courtney Ridge Apartments off Billy Graham Parkway, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. 

“I drove up from somewhere with a friend. There were five police cars, a news van, and caution tape. I saw a CSI agent who was roaming around in the grass. She told me what had happened," said Mallory Baise who lives at the apartment complex where police say the assault happened.

Investigators said the victim, 32, was standing by her car when she was approached by man who then sexually assaulted her. As she tried to fight back, police said the attacker cut her with a knife before running away.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to be ok, according to CMPD, but the fact that he's still on the loose has neighbors on edge.

"This guy could come back,"  Baise said. "I'm glad the girl fought back. He stabbed her. Could have been a lot worse." 

FOX 46 asked Baise if she’d heard of any similar cases of attacks at the apartment complex.

"It's safe. I've never. We're pretty far up this road. Not many people know about us."

She tells FOX 46 she feels anxious the suspect is still out there.

"It's scary knowing here I am 22 years old. I need to be careful no one approaches me."

We reached out to Greystar Communities that manages the property to learn what safety measures are in place. We're waiting to hear back.

"I wouldn't think this would happen here especially because it's gated. I have to be careful getting out of my car at night," said Baise.

Police said the suspect was wearing dark clothing and had his face covered.

Thursday evening, police said the victim provided additional information indicating that she knows the reported suspect from a prior relationship. 

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. CMPD has resources for victims of assault. To learn more about advocacy services they offer, click here