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Police look for suspect who brutally attacked homeless woman

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PHOENIX -

A homeless woman was nearly beaten to death near I-17 and Camelback and is still in a hospital more than a week after the brutal attack.

Police hope surveillance video will help them find the woman's attacker.

Officers say this was an attempted murder.
   
Investigators are concerned with the brutality of the crime and the fact that the person who beat the woman beyond recognition is still out there.

"It was just almost a massacre," said Sgt. Darren Burch, with Silent Witness.

Police officers who were on routine patrol came across 46-year-old Virginia Dashkovitz lying in an access road near I-17 and Camelback on July 5.

Dashkovitz was the victim of a brutal attack; she was unrecognizable.

"More than likely an object was used, something that had a sharp edge. Many of the injuries were cutting-type nature," said Burch.

Police say the homeless woman was known to sleep in that area.

"It looks like she was left for dead. Had officers not found her, she would have died," said Burch.

The brutal beating was not caught on tape, but police say a person of interest was.

Investigators say video from a nearby business shows the man near the area where the woman was beaten, walking back and forth.

"He also had a distinctive limp, or at least favored one of his legs to the extent--maybe his foot or leg was injured, or maybe it was a chronic limp. We don't know," said Burch.

The attack happened Friday, July 5, between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

Police hope someone driving by might have seen something.

"The video we have isn't good video, but it does show a lot of traffic, vehicles, people walking in the area," said Burch.

Dashkovitz has been unresponsive and in critical condition since the beating.

Police have not been able to talk with her.

They hope to soon, but until then, they're relying on the public for help.

"The brutality of this crime would suggest that this person could do it again or has done it before so we really do need the public's help in safeguarding the public and the community against this person," said Burch.

Investigators also want to talk to anyone who knew Dashkovitz and are reaching out to the homeless community.

Police say the hours and days leading up to the beating could be vital to solving the case.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

You can remain anonymous.

TIP LINE: 480-WITNESS

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