LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A University of Louisville student is recovering in the hospital after she was stabbed near campus. It happened Tuesday night. LMPD says the student was walking to her car by herself after leaving the Comfy Cow on 4th Street.
Police say a man approached the student and tried to rob her and then took her to a wooded area near 6th Street and Shipp Avenue where she was stabbed. Police say she suffered a serious stab wound to her abdomen and other superficial cuts.
UofL sent out a safety bulletin to faculty, students, and staff Wednesday morning alerting them of the incident.
This is a copy of the bulletin:
"University of Louisville police and Louisville Metro police are investigating an apparent robbery attempt and stabbing of a student Tuesday night north of Belknap Campus. A female student reported that at about 9:30 p.m. she was approached near the Family Scholar House on Lee Street by a man who asked for change. He then produced a knife and forced her to walk to 5th and Hill streets, where he stabbed her then fled west down Hill Street. The student was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The victim was unable to describe the assailant.
If you have any information on either of these cases, please call ULPD at 852-6111."
LMPD says the only description they have is that the suspect is a man who fled on foot. Police are urging everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to not walk alone.
Self defense expert Thomas Russo, from Reality Krav Maga, says a knife attack can end horribly because a blade can come at you from several different directions. Russo says you have to know your surroundings, carry mace, a kubaton, you can even use a purse or bag to protect you.
"I never two strap it (backpack) because it can be difficult to get it off," said Russo. "If I see someone coming in, I can flail this I can grab a hold. Now I have a shield as they are coming in with that slice or stab I have a shield to protect myself to which case now I can kick then, I can run."
Reality Krav Maga will be offering a free Street Survival Clinic, the basics on what you need to know about self defense on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2506 Plantside Drive.
For more information about the Street Survival Clinic, click here.
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