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The man hid before attacking the woman, the Uber driver with a knife, Lincoln Police say

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LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – A man hid behind a tree late Wednesday night before attacking a woman and an Uber driver with a knife, Lincoln police say.

Before 10 p.m., a 19-year-old woman was waiting for an Uber after getting off work near 48th Street and Normal Boulevard.

Manuel Mendez, 39, emerged from behind a tree armed with a knife and ran after the woman.

The woman, who knew Mendez, quickly got into an Uber, locked the doors and told the driver to leave, according to police.

Mendez managed to reach the car and stabbed the driver in the face and stomach through an open window, police say.

He then tried to reach to the back of the car to stab the woman, who managed to deflect the knife.

While Mendez was hanging on to the car, the driver hit the gas and crashed into a dumpster, which activated the vehicle’s airbags.

Mendez was disarmed by the airbags and fled, according to police.

The woman managed to stop a nearby witness, who called the police.

About an hour later, officers located Mendez after he called 911 due to injuries sustained in the crash, police said.

All three were taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

Once medically cleared, Mendez was arrested on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree domestic assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

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