'I stood there startled. I really just froze' - Young woman attacked with Stanley knife as she walked home from work
'As he put a Stanley blade to my face he shouted "give me your f*****g bag'
A young Kildare student has issued a stark warning to women after she had a Stanley knife blade held against her face during a terrifying robbery.
Kim Amy Smith was walking home in Newbridge late on Monday night when a lone assailant approached her and slashed the handles of her handbag before making his getaway.
The 20-year-old said the she was left "terrified" by the situation that occurred on a route she has been "walking all her life."
"I had been in Dublin for work and I got the bus from the Redcow at 10.50pm. I got to Newbridge at about half eleven" recalled Kim Amy.
"I was walking all the way from the town towards Rosconell where I live. I never heard anyone behind me along the whole way until the attack.
"The attacker seemed to know what he was doing, and it was more than likely he had done it previously.
"As I got to College Orchard estate, I heard loud hard steps running toward my direction," she added.
"To be honest, it just came out of nowhere but I thought that it was someone out running, that's why I didn't look back.
"As he put a Stanley blade to my face he shouted "give me your f*****g bag.
"I didn't even get a chance to give it to him, he cut it straight off my shoulders. It was shocking. I stood there startled. I really just froze.
"He then ran across the road, as he crossed a brush dropped from my bag, he stopped to see what it was and then continued running into Mount Carmel."
Kim Amy said her purse containing her bank cards and student ID were in her bag.
But thankfully she had her phone and money in her pockets.
"So as I stood there after the attack, I thought to myself will I run home to Rosconell or to the garda station as my mobile was dead.
"I could not contact anyone. I didn't even think of running to a house nearby.
"So I ran home and I told everyone about what happened including my aunt and uncle.
"My aunt phoned the guards, and I went up to the garda station to make a statement," she added.
Kim Amy has described her attacker in a bid to catch him.
"He is in his early 20s, about 5'7 or 5'8, he was wearing an all grey tracksuit with his hood up," she said.
"He also had freckles. It's so sad that I have been taking this same route for the last three years, now I almost feel like I can never walk that way again.
"I always thought that nothing like that will ever happen to me. It has changed my outlook on things so much.
"I know I will be more vigilant. I just really want to make people aware of the type of people who are out there, especially in our local area. It's not the first attack on a vulnerable woman either.
"I just hope this will make people think twice of walking home late, but also to be viligant to people even in broad daylight. You just never know what's around the corner," said Kim Amy.
The brave young woman added that she was glad she didn't try to fight back as the man may have slashed her face.
"It's a good thing I froze," she said.