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TRENTON A 61 year old woman Friday attacked another woman with three knives, including a meat cleaver, imbedding a knife point in the victim’s skull and cutting off part of her right ear, police and the victim said.
“The blood was everywhere. I thought I was going to die. outside the elevator on the 11th floor of Rowan Towers on the 600 block of West State Street.
Police declined to release the name of the alleged assailant but noted she was taken to the crisis center at Fuld, a unit devoted to the care of the mentally ill.
Damiano yesterday told The Trentonian she identified her alleged assailant as Pauline Dunkin, a mental patient apparently off her medication.
Both the victim and the alleged assailant have lived at Rowan Towers for at least 20 years and knew each other, according to Damiano.
“I had always been nice to her, even bought stuff for her 16 year old daughter,” said Damiano, who claims she has no idea why she was attacked.
Damiano, who works for Rowan Towers as a part time porter, said she was saved by neighbors Lorraine Drury and Rudin Brown, who came out into the hall, saw what was happening and proceeded to talk the assailant out of inflicting further injury.
“Lorraine kept saying, ‘You’ve done enough, stop, please,’ ” Damiano said. “I think at that point she thought she had killed me.
“I was lying there and bleeding very badly.”
The 61 year old woman then went downstairs and informed Rowan security, “I just killed Miss Gina,” according to Damiano.
Damiano recalled that the trouble started while the two rode the elevator upward.
“The lady got crazy,” she said. “As we got toward the eighth or ninth floor, she pulled out three different knives, a meat cleaver, and two like serrated knives,” said Damiano. “I want to say the serrated knives were steak knives but they were bigger.”
The woman, she said, had secreted the knives in a pile of mail she had been carrying.
Suddenly, Damiano said, the assailant turned and began to make a bizarre threat.
“She turned and looked at me and kept saying,
‘You know what time it is, bitch, you know what time it is. You know what these are for’,” Damiano recalled.
The victim said she got off at the 11th floor, the floor on which her apartment is located, and the assailant followed her out.
“She ran off and pushed me against the wall, catching me off guard and she commenced to beat me with the cleaver all in my head,” Damiano said, adding she was beaten so hard the cleaver broke free of its handle.
Damiano said she knows the assailant to be a mental patient who had lately gone an extended interval without taking her medication. She said that as the attack progressed, she became sure she was going to die.
“I was begging for my life, saying, ‘Please Miss Pauline, you’re going to kill me,” the victim recalled. “I was finally able to grab her hand, but I already had four deep lacerations in my head and she had taken part of my right ear off. I guess I’ll have to have it reconstructed.”
The irony, Damiano said, is that she does many kindnesses for the young people in her building, including the daughter of her alleged assailant.
“I would buy them book bags. If they needed clothes, I would buy them clothes,” Damiano said, adding she never had harsh words with her assailant before.
In the end, she said, she thanks God for her neighbors’ bravery and also for the quick action of police and first responders, who showed up mere minutes after one of the neighbors dialed 911.
“I’m just blessed, I guess,” she said.
Police Lt. Jose Vazquez was on the scene shortly after the incident to secure the suspect and relieve her of the knifes, said Det. Lt. Pedro Medina said.
The woman now faces charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Det. Scott Peterson is investigating the case along with Det. Sgt. Chris Doyle. Anyone with information in the case is urged to contact Peterson at 609 989 4141, or through the confidential tip line at 609 989 3663.