SELMA, California - Authorities are looking for a man who stabbed a woman several times early Thursday morning in Selma after she slowed down when he was standing in the middle of the road.
It happened around 1 a.m. in the area of Academy and Rose avenues.
The woman was driving near the intersection when she saw the man standing in the middle of the road.
She slowed down, and the man walked close to her car and opened her driver side door, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said. The man demanded her cell phone, but the woman could not reach it since it had fallen under her seat.
The man got upset and stabbed her in the leg with a knife, the Sheriff’s Office said. The woman told him she could not find her phone and he stabbed her in the leg two more times.
The man reached in and pulled the key out of the ignition. Then he reached over to the passenger seat and took the woman’s purse after she slowed down in her car while he was standing in the middle of the road, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspect walked around to her trunk, opened it and looked inside. The woman was able to find her key, started the car and drive away.
She stopped at a business near Mountain View and Indianola avenues and
found an employee who was able to help her and called 911.
The victim’s injuries were not life threatening.
The suspect is a man in his 20s or 30s, 5-foot-8, and had a thin build, the Sheriff’s Office said.. He was wearing a long-sleeve black T-Shirt, black pants, black hat and black gloves.
Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office at 559-600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867. Callers to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.