The 24-year-old woman who was stabbed in the stomach, apparently at random, on the Upper East Side last week spoke to the Daily News about the attack. Sabatha Tirado expressed her gratitude for a woman, apparently a nurse, who helped her, "I didn’t catch her name, but she was so nice. She told me, ‘Everything is okay.’ People always say New Yorkers are rude, but she didn’t have to do that. She stood there the entire time."

Tirado, who manages a nail salon, was walking on Second Avenue near 86th Street—she was running an errand—when a man approached her. There was construction, so there were barriers on the sidewalk (there's a lot of diversions for the Second Avenue subway). Tirado said, "I just figured he was getting a little close because the street was narrowing. That’s when I noticed his hand go up and I felt a spray. I felt a sting in my face... My eyes were burning. And then I thought he had punched me in the stomach... I managed to look down, and I noticed he had stabbed me. As soon as I noticed that, I started screaming for help."

Police say the suspect, Curtis Forteau, used a knife to stab Tirado in the stomach, and cops found a foot-long kitchen knife at the scene. Forteau is described as homeless and schizophrenic; he denied stabbing Tirado when being transported by police.

Tirado's mother says that Kendra's Law should be strengthened so those with mental illnesses can get court-ordered treatment (there are loopholes that have led to some fatal consequences). Alicia Arroyo said, "There’s going to be someone else, and that person may not be so lucky. They’re going to end up dead. If this man gets out again, he’s going to kill someone."