Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police ask the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in an armed robbery on the 100 block of Hall Street off Forsyth Park, that seriously injured 32-year-old Carol Bontekoe early on Aug. 14.
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At about 3:30 a.m. police responded to the scene after reports of an armed robbery. Bontekoe had extensive stab wounds. She was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center.
Reportedly, Bontekoe "was attempting to enter her residence when an unidentified male suspect, armed with a knife, approached and demanded her purse. She was stabbed before she could comply," police say.
"She fought the suspect off with her bicycle and entered her residence. The suspect ran east on Hall Street with the victim’s belongings."
A family spokesperson says:
"She was stabbed three times, the most serious time being in the eye. She has a fractured skull. The doctors are hopeful the surgery saved her eye," the spokesperson says.
"Carol runs bike tours for Savannah pedals and ended up in Savannah two years ago when she stopped through on a cross-country bike tour. She was planning to bike across South Africa next month. She also works at Dancing Dogs Yoga."
Investigators are working to identify the suspect, who stands roughly 5-9 to 6-0. The suspect wore dark clothing during the incident. Detectives ask persons with information on this case, particularly individuals who may have been near Hall Street, to come forward.
Anyone with knowledge of this incident should contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing (912) 525-3124. Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.