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Police: 73-year-old Lincoln woman fought off attacker

Police: 73-year-old Lincoln woman fought off attacker


A 73-year-old woman fought off a 27-year-old man trying to stab her Monday night, police say.

Sgt. Angela Sands said the woman was getting into her car near 10th and South streets at about 7 p.m. when a man approached, asked for a ride and positioned himself so she couldn’t close the door. When she said no, he put a knife to her neck, she said.

Sands said the woman fought him off, honking her horn to try to get attention. That’s when, she said, he tried to stab her in the chest but failed. The woman was left with an injury to her thumb.

The man left before police got there, but they found someone who matched the attacker's description, Guno Yankton, a block away and arrested him at 8:30 p.m.

Yankton, of 935 South St., was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon.

Tuesday, prosecutors charged him with criminal mischief and second-degree trespassing for kicking in the door of a nearby apartment after the attack.

He hasn't yet been charged for the assault. 

Sands said alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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