A Beaverton woman is speaking out about a beating that nearly left her dead with the hope it will help catch the man accused of attacking her in front of her three young children.
Beaverton police are looking for the woman's estranged husband, Phillip Howell. The two are in the midst of divorce and a custody battle. Witnesses saw him leaving the scene in a 2001 Blue Dodge Caravan. The plates are Washington: ACF1073.
Howell's wife, April, spoke to reporters Monday afternoon after she was discharged from the hospital. She asked reporters not to use her last name. She has a large gash on her forehead from the attack, 14 staples in her head and a bandage covering a scar that stretches across her chest.
She hopes her story will help detectives locate Howell and comfort other victims of domestic abuse.
April said Howell attacked her with the blunt end of a knife Friday night before slicing at her chest. She believes Howell was trying to take their three young children who witnessed the attack. They told their mother Saturday morning Howell entered their room and told them to leave with him but the children refused to go.
"I wanted to count them," April said. "I wanted to make sure they were all there but they told me not to because I looked so scary."
Photos from the scene show April covered in blood. While her wounds are healing, she says she won't feel safe until the suspect is caught.
"I want to be a regular person," April said. "Just be a mom and worry about what to make for dinner. Have time to read stories and make sure our teeth got brushed. I don't want to worry who's following us."
Howell has ties to Woodburn and Salem.
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Thursday, August 21 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:55:51 GMT
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