Michelle Yi, a former contestant from 2006’s Survivor: Fiji, was reportedly stabbed and beaten by a homeless woman on her way to pilates.
According to The Post, Yi was walking to her pilates class in Santa Monica last Thursday when she was attacked by a homeless woman. The unidentified assailant reportedly stabbed Yi with a knife and then proceeded to brutally beat her with a metal baton. Yi said the homeless woman was screaming and yelling nonsense at her during the attack.
“She was yelling all sorts of things like, ‘You stole my identity,’ and ‘You’re a prostitute,'” Yi recently said when describing what exactly happened on Thursday morning. “Santa Monica has a homeless problem, and I’ve dealt with this type of thing before. So I told her, ‘Ma’am, you can’t be here. You need to leave.'”
According to Yi, after she told the homeless woman she couldn’t be there at the pilates studio and had to leave, is when the attack happened.
“She stabbed me in the left bicep. And then she hit me on the right hand with the baton. My Apple Watch shattered,” Yi added.
The attacker also allegedly split Yi’s face open with the baton.
“I can’t say why she attacked me, of all people. But she was a white lady who attacked three people that morning. Another victim was an elderly Asian man who was walking his dog, and the third was also a person of color,” Yi said, debating if the attack was a racially motivated hate crime or not. “I can’t prove whether it was racially motivated or not, but she was screaming all sorts of awful things at me. The facts are what they are.”
When police arrived on the scene, the perpetrator was still there at the pilates studio. She was quickly apprehended and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect is reportedly still in police custody.
“When we arrived, the suspect was still on the scene,” spokesman for Santa Monica Police Department Rudy Flores said. “The officers took her into custody and interviewed the victims and witnesses.”
Although Yi thinks the three attacks Thursday morning could have been racially motivated, the Santa Monica police think otherwise.
“It appeared that she was mentally unstable and maybe off her medication. That probably caused her to do what she did,” Flores said, adding that the suspect was not charged with a hate crime.
Yi is reportedly okay, but still recovering from Thursday’s traumatic attack.