URBANA -- A victim opens up about her near-death experience. Thursday, police responded to a domestic violence call in the 900-block of East Harding. They arrested 28-year old Ismail Ervin. Police say he stabbed his girlfriend several times with a screwdriver. He's charged with attempted murder and kidnapping. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine sat down with the victim.
Research shows at least one in four women will experience some form of domestic violence in her lifetime. Jackie Walker is one of them, but she’s speaking out, as she relives the night she was almost killed.
This isn't an ordinary walk in the park for Jackie Walker.
She says, "I'm going to enjoy every day I have." Her life was almost cut short just days ago. "I had this feeling I knew I was going to die."
She went to her boyfriend’s house Thursday, he had some friends over.
"They kept on looking around the house and I said, 'Something's not right. I got to go.' So I tried to leave, but then he came outside and got me, brought me back inside, and then they started doing things they shouldn’t do so, I walked out and he pulled me back inside by my hair. When we got inside, he was robbed, and all of his stuff was missing, so he started punching me in the face and in my head. I was bleeding all over," says Walker.
Police arrived at the scene. Her boyfriend, Ismail Ervin, dragged her in the bathroom, telling police he was going to kill her.
"To know that somebody is probably going to kill you, and you are in this tiny little bathroom with nowhere to go, they can't snipe him they can't do anything. You're going to die, and the cops are at the other end of the apartment. They can't help you and it's kind of like nobody was there to help me. Nobody was there to help me," says Walker.
Four hours go by and police made the decision to move in.
Walker says, "As soon as he heard the footsteps, he started hitting me in the head over and over. It felt like an hour fighting with him and it was only about 10 - 15 seconds because he had the door, a chair pushed up against it. I was pulling the cop in the door because I was trying to get him between me and him."
Walker was treated for her injuries and she's recovering from her wounds, but she’s taking it one day at a time.
"I'm not going to be sad about what happened in the past. I'm trying to move on with it and just forget about it."
Walker has nerve damage in her arms, and it could be permanent.
URBANA -- Police say one man stabbed someone with a screwdriver. Investigators went to 28-year old Ismail Ervin's apartment on Thursday night around 9:30 pm. They say he was holding a woman hostage. Officers say she had to go to the hospital, but she's going to be okay.
Investigators say they came to the 900-block of East Harding for a domestic disturbance call. Police say Ervin told them he had a gun and threatened to kill the woman he was with. When the suspect didn't cooperate, officers forced their way inside and found Ervin stabbing the woman in the bathroom. They found out he didn't have a gun, but now he faces attempted murder and kidnapping charges.
Friday, police publicly thanked all the officers who came to help. Beside that department, University of Illinois Police, Champaign County Sheriff's Deputies and Champaign County SWAT teams worked together during the stand-off.
URBANA -- A man is in jail after police say he stabbed a woman with a screwdriver. 28-year old Ismail Ervin has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Officers were called to a disturbance at an apartment about 9:30 Thursday night. When officers arrived at the scene, a man claimed to have a handgun.
The officers entered the apartment and found Ervin stabbing a woman with a screwdriver in the bathroom. No gun was found at the scene. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
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