PASADENA -- Pasadena police are searching for a dangerous predator after a terrifying ordeal that lasted for hours. It happened Thursday around 7 p.m. on Queens Lane near Allen Genoa.
A 50-year-old mother had walked to a Conoco gas station to buy cigarettes.
As she was leaving the store, a stranger walked up to her and reportedly knocked her glasses off her face. Family members said that prevented her from really seeing what was happening.
Police said the man abducted the woman and forced her into an abandoned warehouse across the street. He proceeded to cut her throat, stab her and beat her.
“I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy,” said the victim’s youngest son. “If it could happen to my mom, it could happen to anybody.”
The alleged culprit was caught on the gas station’s surveillance camera just moments before the vicious attack.
Crime Stoppers put out a still photograph on Tuesday in hopes of drumming up tips. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to felony charges or an arrest.
“In my mind, I feel like this may not have been his first time, and it may not be his last,” explained the victim’s son.
He says his mother was left for dead inside the abandoned warehouse.
Police say she was a fighter and managed to stop the predator from raping her.
“She thought she was dead. She said she had been trying to get out for a long time, but it was so dark,” said the victim’s son.
The woman’s family got a phone call on Friday saying that their loved one was still alive. Her son said was able to escape just as the sun was rising.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said her son. “I started questioning myself, how someone could be that way, especially to a woman.”
The 50-year-old woman is now recovering from a fractured jaw, a broken eye socket and severe wounds to the neck and head.
Police believe her attacker is homeless.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.