Woman reports she was attacked while taking out the trash

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (April 2, 2015)- A woman told police she was attacked as she was taking out the trash.

Mallory Phillips says a man was hiding behind a wooden fence around the dumpster at her apartment on South Madison Street.

“Honestly, I think he was back in here because a lot of the times the homeless people like to sleep back here,” said Phillips.

Phillips claims as she threw her trash out, he came out at her.

“When I turned around I think he heard me and he came up behind me, struck me in the back of the head, and I fell about here and that’s when he stabbed me in the back,” she said.

Phillips believes her screams for help scared him away.

“As soon as he stabbed me in the back I started screaming ‘Somebody please help, please help me,’ and he took off,” Phillips said.

Phillips told police the suspect ran towards the B-Line Trail.  A K-9 was able to pick up a scent in the area, but once the dog got close to the trail, it lost the scent due to heavy foot traffic.

“Obviously we are concerned about what was reported to us as a random attack, but at this point the detectives are still investigating.  We will report further if we believe that there is a danger,” says Captain Joe Qualters with the Bloomington Police Department.

With a stab wound, Phillips had to crawl to her upstairs apartment to call 911. The suspect was reportedly wearing a ski mask and blue or green latex gloves.

Phillips says if the guy is someone who needed help he should’ve just asked; he didn’t have to hurt her.

“I didn’t deserve this,” explains Phillips.

If you know anything that could help the Bloomington Police Department, you are encouraged to call 812.339.4477.