Two EMS workers stabbed and slashed while helping victim in Cass Corridor

Corner of Third and Martin Luther King Jr., near the site of the stabbing. Photo by Steve Neavling.
Corner of Third and Martin Luther King Jr., near the site of the stabbing. Photo by Steve Neavling.

They’re used to saving the lives of strangers.

But early Tuesday morning, two EMS workers were fighting to save their own lives after getting stabbed and slashed with a knife in the Cass Corridor.

AmbulanceThe attacke occurred around 12:30 a.m. as the male and female first responders were tending to a woman with a minor ankle injury across the street from the Neighborhood Services Organization homeless shelter on Third near Martin Luther King Jr.

A man who was with the injured woman became agitated for unknown reasons and began stabbing the EMS workers, who also were slashed in the face and hands.

The EMS workers, who were bleeding profusely, climbed into their ambulance and rushed to the hospital, where they are expected to undergo surgery. They were in stable condition this morning but likely will be scarred, officials said.

The attacker remained on the loose this morning, and no details of his identity were divulged.

The Cass Corridor, where the new Red Wings arena is being built, has a high concentration of underserved mentally ill people.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Steve, Are the Police just being quiet about this case or do you think they don`t know who the attacker is?

    • muckraker_steve

      I think they were being quiet because they knew who the suspect was. The injured woman appears to be the girlfriend of the suspect. They arrested both of them today.

      • Donald E. Hodge

        It appears that the Detroit Police have become a much more aggressive department under this new chief then ever before.Great job people! Thanks Steve.

  • Jamon Jordan

    It’s MIDTOWN, not Cass Corridor. Unless you always use Cass Corridor for the area.

    • Klann Killa

      Sorry “new Detroit hipster”, it’s ALWAYS been the Cass Corridor. Get some time on the planet kid. ? sucking hipsters.?????

    • muckraker_steve

      The Cass Corridor has been rebranded by a single group. It doesn’t mean the area is no longer the Cass Corridor. Midtown has never dipped below MLK.

  • bebow

    The perpetrator may be mentally ill, but his behavior was criminal.

  • Mark Payne

    We live next door to that station. W know both EMTs very well and have been up to the hospital. They are out of surgery, but are refusing all visitors..

    • muckraker_steve

      So glad they are recovering. Very scary situation.