According to Lt. Patrick Weaterford, Newport Police Department, police were notified at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night of a 28-year-old female suffering from a stab wound at a local hospital.
The female told police that she was walking from her vehicle to her residence on Hout Circle when she was approached by a black male wearing dark clothing and a mask who demanded the plastic bag she was carrying, which contained a Christmas present for her child.
Instead of handing over the bag, the woman tells police she put her keys between her fingers and hit the suspect in the face.
According to her statement, the person then knocked her to the ground and stabbed her in the leg with a large knife, grabbed her bag and fled on foot.
Police say her wounds are not expected to be life threatening.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 870-523-2722.