She was making breakfast when someone broke through her back door.
"I heard a noise at the back door - made it down the hallway and the door ripped open,” said the woman who wants CBS 6 to hide her identity.
“He had a knife, he grabbed my shirt and then cut me,” she said.
She was cut three cuts on her left arm and then the suspect fled on foot towards the Food Lion distribution center.
Police say if he made a getaway by scaling a 10 foot chain-linked fence with barbed wire at the top, the wire at the top cut.
The victim refused medical treatment. The police recovered evidence, including the knife that slashed her.
Still, police don’t have much to work with, they said.
The victim who lives in this community with her teenage daughter said she's struggling with whether to stay or live with other family members for awhile
“I think he was surprised to see someone was home i think he thought the place was empty,” she said.
Her sanctuary and security have also been slashed and she hopes police can solve the crime.