ATLANTA - It was a crime that sent fear through Midtown. A man attacked a woman with a knife and slit her throat in a parking lot. Now, Atlanta police say they arrested 44 year old Anthony Greene for the attack.
The attack happened March 26 just before 2 p.m. at the corner of 5th and Juniper streets. The woman was paying for her parking spot when police say a man came up behind her, slashed her throat, grabbed her shoulder bag and took off running.
Fernando Bispo was across the street and jumped into action. He chased after the man and at one point, the man turned on him.
“He had the knife and I jumped back. He swiped it at me, it came close, but didn't get me,” says Bispo.
Fernando says he is relieved that police made an arrest in the attack.
“I was very nervous, I couldn't sleep because I thought he was outside and could do another victim,” says Bispo.
The woman was rushed to the hospital and needed 17 stitches to close the wound. Her family says she is healing physically and the arrest will help emotionally.
“She still has some anxiety, but she's doing better. Neither one of us believes in giving into fear and we're asking all our friends to be aware of their surroundings,” says Rev. Sue Zoller.
Atlanta Police credit the woman and Bispo for helping them make the arrest. They say the two provided very good details to come up with a sketch which helped them identify the knife-wielding man as Anthony Greene. Fugitive Detectives tracked him down in South Carolina.
Greene was arrested in Myrtle Beach April 6. He was brought back to Atlanta April 11 where he is now in the Fulton County Jail. He is charged with Aggravated Assault and Robbery.