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‘That was the face of evil’: Neighbor describes knife-wielding woman fleeing stabbing

A resident of a Mansion Flats apartment complex in downtown Sacramento was stabbed Tuesday night, with a neighbor saying she saw two women donning loose-fitted ski masks leave the area shortly after hearing the victim’s cries for help.

“When I got out there, two women were running like half-masked, their mask was coming off,” said Latiya Gholar, a tenant of La Valentina North, where the stabbing happened. “One of the girls had a knife in her hand with blood on it saying she stabbed her.”

Sacramento Police Department officers were called to the apartment complex on the northeast corner of 12th and D streets about 9:30 p.m., said Officer Linda Matthew, a police spokeswoman. When they arrived, police found a woman with multiple, non-life-threatening stab wounds to her back.

Police said two assailants approached and assaulted the woman from behind while they were inside the gated apartment complex. Matthew could not confirm the genders of the suspects or give a specific motive for the stabbing Wednesday afternoon, though said it did not look like a random incident.

“It’s possible that the victim knew the suspects,” she said.

Gholar, whose unit is next to a garbage room for the apartment complex, said she heard loud banging Tuesday night, followed by a woman screaming for help. When she walked outside to see what had happened, she said she saw two women running from the apartment complex.

“She was so close to me, she could have stabbed me if she wanted to,” Gholar said of one of the women holding the knife. “That was the face of evil.”

Gholar then made her way to the garbage room, where she found her neighbor covered in blood and what looked like cat litter scattered on the floor. The woman’s car tires were also slashed, she said.

Gholar’s sister, who left the apartment complex shortly before the stabbing, believes the women made their way inside the property as she was walking out the gate’s doors, according to Gholar.

The woman stabbed was treated for non-life threatening wounds, Matthew said.

The apartment complex is monitored by security cameras and employs a private security company to conduct random patrols throughout the day, said Cathy Metcalf, president of Domus Management Co., which oversees the property.

“We’re deeply sad for her,” Metcalf said of the woman hurt in the attack. “We always want to make sure our tenants are safe.”

The company is in talks with the Sacramento Police Department to see if it can increase patrols in the neighborhood, she said.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets