After being attacked by a knife-wielding criminal in a parking garage last month, a Louisville woman is addressing the harrowing incident for the first time.
In a statement to WAVE 3 News, the woman spoke about the violent encounter and her decision to use force to repeal the suspect.
“I fought off my attacker and thankfully was able to defend myself,” the victim said, referring to the Jan. 26 attack in a parking garage at 425 South Fifth Street. “I suffered significant physical injuries and I know that my attacker would have taken my life if given the chance.”
“Due to the ongoing prosecution, and because I am still attempting to heal both physically and emotionally from this ordeal, I will refrain from discussing the details of the attack,” she continued. “I never want another woman to be the victim of a violent crime such as this.”
Footage obtained by local media shows the suspect, identified as 27-year-old John Ganobcik, enter an elevator behind the woman. Once the doors open, he follows her out.
According to reports, Ganobcik chased her down and began assaulting her with a knife. The victim said he tried to force her into the passenger seat of the car. That’s when she drew her gun and pulled the trigger — however, it didn’t fire.
Ganobcik, seeing the gun, then punched her in the face and tried stabbing her with the knife. Luckily, the victim pulled the trigger once again, discharging the weapon and putting a bullet right into the neck of the suspect.
Injured and fearing for his life, Ganobcik fled the scene where a bystander saw the wounded suspect and called 911.
“This gentleman has been shot I’m calling 911,” the man said, clearly not knowing that Ganobcik, who has a criminal history and who was on probation at the time of the attack, had just tried to rob a woman.
“Are you right there with him now?” the dispatcher asked.
“I’m here with him now,” the man replied.
Authorities arrived on the scene and treated Ganobcik for his injuries. He was taken into custody following a stint at the hospital and now faces a number of charges: attempted murder, robbery and wanton endangerment.
Question: Had you found a man bleeding from the neck after being shot by a woman he just attempted to rob, murder — and, unlike the bystander in this story, you knew this just had happened — what would you do?