Knoxville police search for stabbing, car theft suspect

Knoxville police search for stabbing, car theft suspect

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Police say they were called to the Kroger at 4409 Chapman Highway around 10 p.m. Sunday night. Police say they were called to the Kroger at 4409 Chapman Highway around 10 p.m. Sunday night.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police are searching for a man suspected of cutting one woman with a knife and stealing another woman's car in a South Knoxville parking lot.

Police say they were called to the Kroger at 4409 Chapman Highway around 10 p.m.

Officers say the first female victim said she was in her vehicle when she was approached by a man who started asking her questions. He then started yelling and demanding her car keys.

The victim tried to drive off when the suspect cut her hand with a knife.

He then held another woman at knifepoint before she handed over her keys, 6 News caught up with her to hear more about her terrifying ordeal.

On Monday, it was a mix of emotions for Crystal Diaz fear, worry, and anger. She didn't want to show her face on camera because her personal belongings were stolen, along with her car.

A voice and a memory from a parking lot are still haunting Diaz, "When he approached me he said 'Hey give me your purse.' Then he said 'Give me your keys.'"

While she's thankful she has her life today, Diaz is now the victim of a carjacking.

"I didn't sleep at all last night. I guess just my sense of security has been taken from me, my peace of mind, and I'm worried for my kids and family," she said.

So, how did this nightmare play out? Diaz says she was walking out to her car at the end of her shift at a restaurant with a co-worker. The women say they saw some kind of a fight at the other end of the parking lot but thought it was just a couple arguing.

"I started to call 911 and we heard her yelling help me help me," said Mayra Castro.

Before they knew it the women say that same man who they were calling police about, approached them.

"We both started backing away. I kind of looked and I felt something up against my back and it was the knife that he had," said Diaz.

At that point Diaz says she threw her pocket book and keys, the suspect then sped off in her car.

"I'm just glad neither one of us was alone," said Castro.

Monday, both women were shaken and looking for answers.

"I do feel very angry and I want my car back. But most of all I would rather see him found and justice brought," added Diaz.

The stolen car is described as a 2004 burnt orange Nissan Quest with a blue butterfly sticker on the back windshield.

The suspect is described as a white man standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds with a skinny build. He has brown hair and was wearing dark blue jeans and a black button-down shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Knoxville Police Department's crime hotline at (865) 215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.

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