PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police held a news conference today to release new information about a stabbing that wounded a woman in a local hotel elevator.
The incident happened Monday night at the Hyatt Hotel at Pittsburgh International Airport.
According to investigators, the 27-year-old victim from East Pittsburgh was on her honeymoon and staying at the hotel before heading out on her trip.
Police say the woman was wounded in the elevator, but was able to run to safety when the doors opened.
“He had his hand over her month and pushed her against the wall, told her not to scream, and he lifts up her leg and that’s when she [was] stabbed,” said Lt. Jeffrey Korczyk, of the Allegheny County Police.
Authorities say they are now using surveillance video to help in their search for the suspect. Security cameras caught him as he passed through the airport walkway.
Police describe him as five-feet-seven-inches tall with a stocky build. He’s in his 30s and possibly has a southern accent. Police say they believe he may live in the area.
Officials say he probably has some scratches from the incident as the victim reported to police that she attempted to fight off the suspect before the elevator door opened.
Police say they have interviewed all hotel employees and don’t believe the suspect was a hotel staff member. They also believe that he was probably not staying there.
Anyone who recognizes his photo should contact Allegheny County police.