SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KTVU) - Santa Clara police need help finding the man who stabbed a 65-year-old woman 14 times before leaving her for dead at Central Park in Santa Clara.
The victim, Jila Behrouze is now recovering. She wants as many people as possible to hear her story in hopes of catching the suspect.
She wants everyone to take a good look at the police because she's afraid the suspect could harm somebody else and that person may not be as lucky as she is.
Behrouze is in good spirits but still in shock. Many of her stab wounds are on her back, stomach and knees.
“I really feel like it was a miracle that I was able to live after 14 stab wounds,” said Behrouze.
The 65-year-old was alone at Central Park last Tuesday night, a park she's been to countless times, to visit the ducks and geese. She said a young man approached her, asking her for matches for his cigarette. When she said she didn't have any, he attacked her.
“He pulled me down and started beating me and stabbing me,” said Behrouze. “I was in excruciating pain. He kept stabbing and kicking me. I was screaming but there was no one to help me,. I thought I was going to be dead,” said Behrouze.
He took off running with her wallet and cell phone. She lost consciousness when she woke up. She walked to her car in the parking lot and by chance a police officer was there.
“There was Santa Clara Police,” said Behrouze. “Like an angel, like a guardian angel he was there. He helped me.”
The substitute teacher spent six nights in the hospital, healing from the stab wounds, a collapsed lung and a cracked rib. Doctors said it will take months for her to walk without a cane and walker.
However, right now, she is grateful and warning other park-goers to be cautious and not take the risks she did by going there alone at night.
“I never thought that it was going to happen to me,” said Behrouze. “I could have been dead actually right now. I got a second chance at life and I’m going to take full advantage of it for the good."
The suspect is described man as a Latino man in his 20's, roughly 5’ 6” tall with a thin build and sunken cheeks. He did not appear to be a transient.
If you recognize the suspect with these features, do not hesitate to call Santa Clara Police.