Saturday, August 23, 2003

Woman stabbed after saying no to beggar

The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - A panhandler chased a woman who refused to give him money and stabbed her six times in a supermarket parking lot, police said.

Mark Adrian Tyler, 26, of Springfield, asked the woman for $5 while she sat in her car outside the supermarket Thursday, Springfield police Detective Dan DeWine said.

"She said, 'No, I work for my money,' " DeWine said.

Tyler stabbed Tammy Rollins, 41, of Springfield, through the car window, DeWine said. Rollins attempted to run.

Tyler continued stabbing at her with a 6-inch kitchen knife, police said. She stumbled into the supermarket and collapsed.

Rollins was in fair condition at Community Hospital with wounds on both arms and her back, puncturing a lung.

Eric Higgenbotham, 34, said he saw the attack. "She was bloody from head to toe when I got there."

When Tyler saw Higgenbotham, he got on a bicycle and tried to ride away. Higgenbotham drove his vehicle into Tyler.

Tyler pleaded not guilty to felonious assault Thursday. He was being held in Clark County Jail with bond set at $25,000.

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