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2 people facing charges after woman slashed in neck at Pittsburgh's Point State Park

Woman slashed in the neck in Pittsburgh's Point State Park
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Two people are facing charges related to an assault at Point State Park Friday night. 

Pittsburgh police said it was a targeted attack, and court documents reveal it wasn't the first time the victim encountered the suspects that day.

Flashing lights and police cars filled Point State Park.

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Pittsburgh Police Lieutenant Eric Baker said they were called there just before 10 p.m. for a woman in her 20s, who was stabbed by the riverwalk.

Baker said first responders took her to the hospital in stable condition.

As for those responsible, investigators took 22-year-old Codi Linders-Heck and 20-year-old Janelle Moore into custody on multiple charges related to aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.

"This was not a random attack, this was a known assailant," Baker said. "There is no reason to suspect that there is a continued danger to the public."

According to court records, Linders-Heck admitted to stabbing the victim. 

He told officers Moore, his fiancé, "told him to," that it was her idea to go "to the Point to stab her," and "[she] wanted him to kill her because [the victim] has been setting them up on multiple nights."

Linders-Heck also told police after stabbing the victim, "he dragged her across the ground and was going to throw her into the river," but "Moore told him to stop," and she told the victim, "You learned your lesson."

In an interview with investigators, the victim said, "Moore told her that if she told anyone about what happened, they would finish the job," and that she feared for her life.

More than 21 hours earlier, Moore visited the victim's home on Bedford Avenue. It's where court documents said Moore "struck [the victim] with a closed fist" multiple times "on the back of the head," at one point causing the victim to lose consciousness. 

Moore then took the victim's cell phone, threw it out the window, and drove off with a male. She's charged with robbery in that case.

If there's one positive out of these incidents, it's this.

"There were people around when it happened, and in fact, this woman is probably still alive because of their actions and their assistance in saving her life," Baker said.

Baker said the woman was bleeding profusely at the scene and survived thanks to Good Samaritans who applied pressure to her wound.

"It's great to see people in the city, you know, helping a neighbor, so that's always encouraging to see, especially in times like this in crisis," Baker said. 

The incidents remain under investigation. Both suspects are awaiting preliminary hearings.

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