BEAVERTON, Ore. — An Oregon woman who was stabbed at least 10 times earlier this month fended off her assailant with a baseball bat, authorities said.
Lauren Carrier, of Beaverton, suffered a broken rib and two punctured lungs in the March 4 attack, KGW-TV reported. She also suffered severed nerves in her right arm, according to the television station.
“It’s just not something you hear about every day, and I’m just really fortunate to be alive and talking to you right now,” Carrier told KATU-TV.
Carrier said a man came to her home the night before the attack, asking for a woman named Jasmine, Carrier told KGW. She told the man he was mistaken, but he returned the following night and forced his way into her residence, the television station reported.
“I only opened the door, a small crack, and he began to punch me and stab me,” Carrier told KATU. “And that’s when I knew that I needed to fight, because he was pushing me away from the front door.”
Carrier managed to grab the bat and fought back. She escaped out of her front door but collapsed outside, the television station reported.
“Luckily I have amazing neighbors that came to save my life,” Carrier told KGW.
The man was identified as Bryan Andrew Aguilera, 27, of Woodburn, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Office online booking records. Aguilera was charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree burglary, online records show.
Carrier said she spent more than a week in the hospital and has been unable to work since the attack, KATU reported.
She has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for her recovery.
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