04 Mar Woman speaks after being viciously attacked by man who tried to steal her car in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A man is accused of committing two brazen acts of violence against two separate women in Charlotte during the weekend.
Police say 41-year-old Eugene Hazen attacked two women in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday then tried to steal their cars.
Hazen has a record of violence. He was charged with an assault on a female, robbery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping in February.
As soon as Helena Ruffin opened her car door, she says Hazen came from out of nowhere, grabbed her by the arm and around her neck to pull her out of the car then violently beat her.
She said it was surreal that the attack happened at all, much less in the middle of the afternoon running errands.
“Remember, I have one eye right now,” Ruffin said jokingly to her partner Shari Robins, one day after the attack.
“I went unconscious every time he hit me. The power he was using, there was something else driving him,” said Ruffin.
“That’s what got him really pissed to pick me up off the ground and hit me again,” said Ruffin.
Less than two hours later, police say Hazen was at the State Employees Credit Union on Third Street when he attacked a 39-year-old woman.
He tried to steal her car, but couldn’t drive it because it was a manual transmission, so he ran away leaving that woman badly beaten. She was taken to the hospital due to serious injury.
Robins got a call about the attack and went to see Ruffin, her partner of a decade, beaten and bruised.
“They always tell you look around before you open your door. Always look around before you open your door," said Ruffin. “Take it from me, I went through it.”
“We’re so blessed, I’m so grateful that you’re alive and you’re ok,” said Robins. "And you still look pretty.