911 call released of woman attacked in Sandy

Posted at 12:24 PM, Oct 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-05 20:57:42-04

SANDY, Utah -- Police have released 911 tapes Friday that reveal the chaotic scene that unfolded when a man attacked a woman in Sandy.

The incident happened just before midnight on Wednesday night near the Sandy Civic Center TRAX station at 115 E. Sego Lily Drive.

A 25-year-old woman was walking alone when police say she was attacked from behind by a man with a large hunting knife. Police said the victim fought him off with a soda bottle and called 911.

"I am in the middle of a field and I am having a guy stalking me. He's hold my shoe... he's holding a knife to me," said the woman in the 911 call.

As the dispatcher attempted to ask the woman for additional information, she begins screaming and it sounds like buttons are being pressed on the phone.

"I can't imagine getting that call, hearing someone say 'this is happening to me, someone is threatening me with a knife,'" said Sgt. Jon Arnold, Sandy Police Department. "Then all of a sudden you are hearing the struggling with the cellphone and trying to make contact with the dispatcher."

Police believe the suspect took off with the phone. At this point in the investigation, they are working with the phone company. They have not been able to locate the phone or the suspect.

The woman was not injured in the attack, according to police.

The suspect has been described by the woman as a white man in his 30s with shaggy blonde hair. He was wearing an orange hoodie and khaki pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (801) 840-4000.