TREMONT, Bronx – A vicious attack inside a Bronx apartment building has left a 48-year-old woman with deep cuts on her face and hands. The victim spoke exclusively to PIX11’s Nicole Johnson about the incident, which was caught on spooky surveillance footage.
Cindi Darboe is marked for life and blames herself for what happened to her. “I just want to sit there and cry saying that I did something wrong. That’s how I feel,” Darboe said.
His physical pain is one thing, his emotional pain is another.
Darboe’s attack was caught on security camera. The footage shows an unidentified man with a cutter slashing her more than a dozen times.
“I didn’t even know what it was. I thought it was a knife… I’m trying to protect myself, to protect my face, ”she said, recalling the terrifying moment.
The attack happened just before Christmas on December 23 in the hallway of his building in the Bronx.
Darboe said she believed the man was her roommate’s ex-boyfriend.
Even before the incident, Darboe was already going through a difficult time, as the Bronx apartment was only temporary accommodation until she could get back on her feet.
The NYPD Rapid Response Unit was helping her meet her basic essentials, while the city gave her another temporary apartment with another roommate.
Darboe said she couldn’t rest and felt unsafe while her attacker was still on the street.
“I fear for my life. I always have to watch my back to see… Is he going to come towards me, wherever I am? she said.
No arrests had been made on New Year’s Eve.
The NYPD released the shocking images in hopes the public can help identify or locate Darboe’s assailant.
Send advice to the police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting Crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, by downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app or texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. Spanish speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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