Sam (49) suffered facial wounds and needed surgery to save a finger following the terrifying assault in Finglas, Dublin
Sam (49), who is now an Irish citizen having moved here from Mexico in 2006, was targeted at around 6am on Sunday morning and nearly lost one of his fingers in the attack.
He is now extremely concerned for others because he feels anyone could become a target of this dangerous man.
“I have been suffering from sciatica and I woke up on Sunday in pain and decided to go to the gym,” said Sam, who lives in Finglas South.
“It was coming up to 6am and I was walking at Valley Park with my ear buds in listening to music.
“I saw a man coming towards me and then suddenly he had a big knife up to my neck and he was saying something, but I couldn’t hear him because of the music.
“I got a real shock and eventually I got one ear bud out and the guy was being really aggressive, and he was saying ‘give me your f***ing money’.
“I think he was on drugs. He kept the knife to my neck. It was a big blade, like one you would use for cutting sugar cane.
“He kept on asking for money and I told him I had none. I had a backpack with my towel and my gym card, but I had no money, and he got really aggressive.
“Then he demanded the backpack. He had the knife to my neck, and as I took off the backpack he took the knife away for a moment.”
Sam said he saw a chance to defend himself and pushed the backpack into his attacker’s face.
“I started to hit him with it but he hit me in the leg and I fell to the ground. He tried to get me again and I started to kick back at him.
“I was using the backpack as a shield and he was attacking me with the knife. I got cut in the face, and one of my fingers was nearly cut off.
“He was really violent and I was shouting as loud as I could, and then a taxi came down the road and I think that’s what scared the guy away. I feel lucky to be alive.”
After the attacker fled, Sam made his way home to raise the alarm.
“I got home and shouted to my husband that I had been attacked,” he said.
“Even on the way home I was worried about other people being attacked. This guy was so violent.
“There are elderly people who walk their dogs in the early morning and I was scared for them.”
Sam’s husband brought him to the Mater Hospital, where he was told he needed surgery to save his finger. The blood supply and nerve to it had been severed in the attack.
“The surgeon saved my finger, but I have no sensation in it. Another finger needed stitches. My face was slashed too,” he said.
“I just want this man to be caught so he can’t attack anyone else. And I would also advise people not to listen to music when they are out walking on their own. Someone can come up behind you and you would not know about it.”
Sam said his attacker was “a white male of medium height and a bit chubby who has a Dublin accent”.
Gardaí confirmed they are investigating the incident. “No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing,” a spokesman said.