WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - A 21-year-old woman had her throat slashed and was stabbed twice after she turned down a marriage proposal from a neighbor, authorities said.
The Concord woman was in stable condition and was expected to survive the weekend attack, spokesman Jimmy Lee of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department said Monday.
The woman attended a party in Walnut Creek on Saturday night with suspect Leonardo Nava, who then drove her to his cousin's house in Byron in remote Contra Costa County, where he got out of the car and proposed and stabbed her after she turned down his offer, authorities said.
Nava then allegedly pushed the woman into a drainage ditch and fled with his cousin, authorities said. Nava was still being sought Monday.
The woman survived the attack by playing dead, Lee said. She was able to crawl out of the ditch and walk to a nearby house to call for help.
Lee said the two were neighbors, but did not know each other well.
How much could he really have loved her? What a freak this guy is!