‘Help me or I’m going to die’

Chelsea McGuire, Sophie Maile and Dylan Evans helped the stabbing victim. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Chelsea McGuire, Sophie Maile and Dylan Evans helped the stabbing victim. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

David Bishop Reserve

David Bishop Reserve

A MAN is recovering from stab wounds after he was set upon by two men in a brazen daylight attack in a West Wodonga park.

The 28-year-old victim was knifed several times while walking through David Bishop Reserve about 9am yesterday.

One witness, Dylan Evans, last night told of his shock after the victim sought help by banging on his car as he reversed from a nearby driveway.

“He looked at me like, ‘help me or I’m going to die’,” Mr Evans said.

“There was no build up to it, it was just a tap on the boot and then there was a guy at my front window who had been stabbed.

“At first I thought he was drunk and wanted to fight me, then I saw there were decent sized wounds and blood.”

Suzanne Sharp helped the man after he collapsed on the front lawn of her Skye Court home.

“He just said ‘I’ve been stabbed, I’ve been stabbed’,” she said.

“I didn’t know if he was going to live.

“I rang triple-0 immediately and I put pressure on his wounds with a towel and tried to keep him calm.

“It was gruesome and I never want to see anything like that again.”

Ms Sharp wanted to meet the victim today at Albury hospital, where he is recovering.

Another nearby resident Anthony Hunter described a “wailing” sound and groaning and said he heard the offenders fleeing the scene.

Wodonga Detective Sgt Graeme Simpfendorfer said police had viewed CCTV footage and were seeking public assistance.

“We don’t believe this is a random attack, we believe this person has been targeted,” he said.

“We’re investigating the motive and persons associated with the victim.

“We believe there are two male offenders but there are no ages or descriptions.

“At that time of the morning there’s a bit of traffic, both from the footpath and road, and we want anyone who saw anything to give us a ring.”

Officers scoured the area but did not find any weapon.

“What’s concerning is this guy’s been attacked in broad daylight,” Detective Sgt Simpfendorfer said.

“The offenders have not been too concerned about who might see them and what they were doing.”