A homeless woman was stabbed near Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on Wednesday morning.
Police were called to the scene off James Robertson Parkway around 8 a.m.
Laura Wilson was the one who called 911.
"I work here at the Farmers' Market and I was driving to work and I was driving the roundabout at Bicentennial Mall, she flagged me down and covered in blood and obviously upset," said Wilson.
The woman got into her car, and the witness drove to the Farmers' Market where police were called. The victim was believed to have just left the nearby Rescue Mission.
Police said the woman had been approached by a man she had seen previously in the area and he demanded sex at knifepoint. When she refused, he stabbed her and fled on foot toward 3rd Avenue.
The victim was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by ambulance where she was treated and released. Her identity was not released.
Officials described the man wanted in this crime as a black man between 30 and 40 years old, with no facial hair, 5' 8" with a stocky build, and solid black hair. At the time of the crime he was wearing dark parts and a white coat.
I used to get alerts on crime from the Salemtown association. They do not seem to be communicating these much any more.