A transgender woman said she survived being stabbed in the chest on Jan. 3 after an irate man followed her and her partner from a bus in San Francisco and attacked her, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Samantha Hulsey, 24, was out with her partner, Rae Raucci, 54, around 5 p.m. Saturday when they boarded a bus, where they saw a man, whom authorities said "began actively violent" after noticing the couple.
"He started saying a lot of hateful things and messing with us," Hulsey told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He was threatening to hurt us. The way he was behaving leads me to believe he was on some kind of drugs. He was obviously not sober."
The couple said they were afraid of the man, especially after they realized he was holding a steak knife with "a three-and-half-inch blade and a big black handle," Hulsey told the newspaper.
The women said when they got off the bus, the man ran after them and stabbed Hulsey in her upper chest, just below her neck. She said she put her hand over the wound and ran into a McDonald's, asking people to call police.
"I was afraid I was going to die," Hulsey said. "I thought I was going to pass out on that floor and never wake up again. It was very traumatic."
Police arrested the man, who has not been identified. Authorities have yet to release any other information about the attack.
Hulsey was brought to the hospital and received stitches for the wound and she was later released. Thankfully, the blade did not puncture any organs.
Hulsey recently moved to San Francisco from Georgia and has been living openly as a woman, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
"I had been bullied and had things thrown at me in Savannah but no one tried to kill me," she said. "That sort of thing shouldn't happen here."
Raucci, Hulsey's partner who is also a first year law student at San Francisco Law School, called the attack a hate crime.
"Transgender people are a part of the society that some people don't understand, and what they don't understand, they fear," she told the publication. "It serves to show that violence can show up anywhere."
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