A Glendale, Arizona woman is lucky to be alive. She was repeatedly stabbed and slashed with a box cutter Sunday night while driving home from work.
Her attacker was her 29-year-old son, a struggling junkie addicted to crystal meth.
Thankfully, the woman’s neighbor was close enough to hear her screams and to rescue her from the vicious assault.
The woman recounted the incident to local media, expressing heartfelt gratitude to the neighbor, an armed citizen, who was compelled to use deadly force agains the woman’s son.
“I rolled my passenger window down and I said, ‘Hey Hakeem, what’s up? How are you doing?'” explained the victim, Victoria Mendez. “And he popped his head into my window and he says, ‘I just want to give you a kiss, mama.'”
Mendez saw her son, Hakeem Shawky, on the corner of the street, which is why she stopped the car to greet him. She hadn’t seen Shawky in about three months due to his meth addiction.
“And then he proceeded to get into the car and started stabbing me and slashing at my throat, telling me that he was going to kill me,” Mendez said. “He grabbed within the wound itself that he had created with his bare hands and he started pulling at my esophagus.”
When the neighbor heard Mendez’s screams, he grabbed a firearm and headed toward the car.
“He (neighbor) said, ‘Stop or I’m going to shoot,'” she recalled. “He (Shawky) wouldn’t stop. He (neighbor) shot him once. It didn’t even phase him, he (Shawky) was so high on drugs. And the second shot I heard, he (Shawky) went down and I was no longer being cut.”
Mendez does not blame the neighbor for killing her son. She is thankful the neighbor saved her life.
“There was nothing else you could have done,” Mendez said in reference to the neighbor. “And as sad as I am to lose my boy, you did the right thing. And I thank you for my life.”
Yet despite the attacke, Mendez is mourning the loss of her son. She said he had struggled with addiction for more than 15 years.
“My son is very gentle and he’s very loving, and he’s a good boy,” Mendez said upon reflecting. “But that thing wasn’t him. I don’t think parents understand what they’re dealing with. It’s a very, very dangerous business. Crystal meth is stealing our kids and turning them into murderers.”