Woman stabbed in The Fan during robbery attempt

Woman stabbed in The Fan during robbery attempt
Published: Jun. 20, 2018 at 7:21 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2018 at 5:26 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A woman is recovering after being stabbed Wednesday in the Fan around 1:15 a.m.

Lady N'awlins and Sullivan's owner, Jake Crocker, said he just put in a request for new lighting - which he says could've kept that woman safe.

"This [stabbing] definitely caught me off guard," Crocker said. 

Crocker said he is often the neighborhood's eyes. His security camera captures what does happen - if anything - when people leave the area around 2 a.m. He says what happens around closing is usually "not newsworthy."

Police said a woman was stabbed when a man in a blue hoodie and gray sweatpants tried to rob her.

The woman was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover.

"[it was] just an isolated incident," Crocker said.

Isolated or not, safety experts say it's best to give up your purse, wallet or money during a robbery, rather than risk losing your life.

Police haven't made any arrests, but Crocker believes safety, in general, could be improved if more street lights are working and moved lower to the ground. 

"There are darker areas in the neighborhood, that our neighborhood and Fan District Association have been working to identify," Crocker said.

Crocker said a safety improvement plan was submitted Monday, just two days before the attack.

"Looks like whatever happened last night beat us to the punch just a little bit," he said.

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