MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Morgan Evenson and other witnesses were able to identify the black man who attacked her on the evening of Dec. 13 as a Somali immigrant, but most media reports — including the city’s largest newspaper — are failing to disclose that information.
Evenson, 26, was walking home from her job as an Apple store clerk in downtown Minneapolis when a black man got out of his car, chased her down, tackled her and repeatedly stabbed her with a 3-4-inch blade as she screamed for help and fought for her life.
Neighbors heard the screams and came to her aid while her attacker fled. They described the man as a Somali immigrant in his early 20s, about 5-foot-7, with a slight build and wearing grey stone-washed jeans, according to a report in WND.
Lucky to be alive, Evenson sustained 14 stab wounds on her arms, neck and back.
Her attacker is still at large, according to police, who are calling the stabbing a “botched robbery.”
Evenson, who lives about eight blocks away from where she works, regularly walks home.
“It was horrifying because I could feel something that felt like it was stinging me, but it was him stabbing me,” she told KSTP. “Doctors told me I had 14 wounds that needed stitches, including a lacerated kidney.”
Evenson told KSTP her main concern now is getting better and helping police find whoever did this so he cannot do it again.
“I cannot imagine anyone attacking someone like that and as a woman, it is especially frightening, but I knew I had to fight back and I want him to know I am okay and that he will be caught,” she said.
However, it’s unlikely that the Somali man will be apprehended if people don’t know exactly for whom they are looking. The level of brutality is more than police would expect during a simple robbery, leading some to wonder if the assailant didn’t want more than just a purse.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has published no reports on the stabbing, and the newspaper’s on-duty news editor, Maria Reeve, did not return WND’s calls on Tuesday.
Other media, such as the Southwest Journal, have reported on the crime but WND noted they left out the assailant’s full description as a Somali migrant.
Only one media outlet, local ABC News affiliate KSTP (see below), included the fact that the victim described her assailant as Somalian in its on-air coverage. However, the station’s website article failed to mention that fact.
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