EUGENE, Ore. — A west Eugene woman is sharing her story just a day after she was violently attacked in her home and driveway until neighbors came to her aid.
Oleta Nicholson was home alone early Monday morning while her husband, Scott, was at work. Around 2 a.m., she says she heard a loud noise and went to go check it out.
That’s when she says she saw, Tyler Joseph Kowalchuck, in her house. When she confronted him, she says he started beating her and tried stabbing her with a butter knife.
She says she made a run for the garage when Kowalchuck went to grab a steak knife. Police say the suspect chased her out into the driveway and her screams woke up neighbors, who came to help her.
She and her husband say they’re thankful she’s alive.
“I’m glad I’m here. I know it could’ve went a lot worse if I wasn’t able to get out into the garage,” said Oleta.
“It’s very gratifying that I have great neighbors to step in and help when we really needed it,” said her husband, Scott.
Oleta suffered a mild concussion but says she’s doing better Tuesday.
Her attacker is facing multiple charges including attempted murder and burglary.
The couple says they want to especially thank their neighbor, Daniel, who detained the suspect until police arrived.