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Harnett County Woman Attacked On Highway 27

Posted January 8, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— A Harnett County woman is back at home after a terrifying trip to work.

Cathy Lamm was driving down Highway 27 at 6 a.m. Monday when she started having car trouble. She pulled over and began walking towards the town of Coats.

Lamm says two Hispanic men pulled up next to her and started talking to her in Spanish. She says the next thing she knew, the passenger jumped out, slashed her neck with a knife, stole her purse and then shoved her into a ditch.

"I didn't fight at all. I guess I was waiting to see what his intentions were, or what he was going to do," she says.

Lamm crawled out of the ditch and was discovered by a passer-by. Investigators were in the area Tuesday, stopping cars that fit the description of a dark Nissan Sentra. So far, no arrests have been made.

If you car breaks down, investigators say your best defense is a cell phone, especially when it is dark outside. If you do not have one, try to drive to a populated area, even if your car is struggling. If that is not possible, they suggest you stay in your car with your doors locked until daylight.