News 4's Pat Collins talked to a woman who managed to wrestle a knife from a teenager who tried to steal her cell phone as she walked down 2nd St. NW Tuesday afternoon.
A woman approached from behind by a knife-yielding attacker in Washington, D.C. was able to fight back, even stabbing the would-be robber with his own weapon.
The woman was walking in the 6200 block of Second Street NW Tuesday just after 3 p.m. near her place of work when she heard footsteps behind her, getting louder and faster.
“I turned around and…[it's] as if he was trying to grab me from a choke-hold position and he was brandishing a knife," the woman told News4 Washington's Pat Collins.
She said the man told her to give him her cell phone while holding a knife above his head. The woman reached for the knife, and both she and the suspect fell to the ground.
“He was on top of me, the knife just so happened to fall right next to me, right next to my right hand. So I grabbed it with my right hand and just went to work," the victim said.
She stabbed the suspect, a teenager, in the chest and in the leg, and he ran from the scene. He sought medical treatment at a fire station about a mile away, and was immediately arrested.
The woman said she recommends everyone be cognizant of their surroundings.