FARGO — A mother and daughter are speaking out with empathy for the woman accused of stabbing them in downtown Fargo on Thursday, May 13.
Sandra Miles, 83, and her daughter, Sabra Ann Low, had some time to process and think about what they went through that afternoon.
"For me, it was fearless. I was empowered, fearless, and I had a feeling of just grace flowing through me, and you just respond," Low said.
Miles and her daughter came out of an antique store on Main Avenue near Mexican Village and were on their way to their Suburban. Low went around the Suburban to help her mother get in, and that is when Ashley Larson allegedly stabbed both of them.
"I dropped the things off at the front seat of the car and went around the back of the long Suburban to lift her in and shut the door, and that's when it happened," Low said.
"I sort of pushed her arm up and kept saying, 'I don't want a cut on my face.' and it landed right here, on the hair," Miles said, pointing to a place on her scalp where the knife hit her.
Customers from Mexican Village stepped up to help.
"The one lady (who) carried me in, she was no bigger than I was," Miles said.
Within minutes of the stabbings, EMS and police were on scene. Some surrounded the Suburban, into which the naked Larson climbed after the other women fled.
She had walked to the Mexican Village area from a block away after allegedly stabbing a man she knew.
Larson, 30, faces three charges of aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing of three people. She is scheduled to appear in court June 16.
Miles and Sabra, who refused an ambulance ride despite their wounds, are concerned about the woman who allegedly attacked them even though she is someone they don't know.
"I feel so sorry for that woman," Miles said. "In the night, I kept thinking about her, and I thought, 'Somebody has failed her along the way.'"
Despite what they went through, the mother and daughter don't want Fargo or downtown to be painted with a broad brush. They only hope the woman gets the help she needs.
"There is potential everyone can transform and everyone can be healed," Low said.