A Roswell woman was attacked and stabbed in the parking lot of Lovelace Regional Hospital on Jan. 16 around 2:30 p.m. In an exclusive interview, the victim said she was going to get her car in the south parking lot so she could pick up her 83-year-old mother who was being discharged from the hospital when another woman approached her.
“She lunged at me and tried to grab my purse. She was screaming at me that she was going to stab me,” said the 58-year-old victim.
The woman told the Daily Record: “I was in no mood for it … I fought back.”
Her assailant took something from her pocket and stabbed the victim. The item the victim described as either a pen or a hypodermic needle. She showed a number of wounds on her left arm and said that she believed it to have been a hypodermic.
The victim reported to the police that she was also struck in the face and on her shoulder several times. She then hit her assailant.
The suspect did not get her purse; however, the victim’s problems remain. Her assailant did manage to get the hospital records from her hand and the victim now worries about possible identity theft. In addition, the victim is now being monitored for possible hepatitis and AIDS since the suspected weapon is a potentially used hypodermic.
When officials attempted to obtain hospital surveillance footage from the cameras in the parking lot they were informed that the cameras had not worked for the last three years.
The victim says she is angry at Lovelace Regional Hospital for their shoddy security. “The hospital has not contacted me about medical issues. I had to contact them; they did not contact me.”