Woman Brutally Attacked Randomly As She Walked to Work in Bridgton, Maine
Melissa Scammon from Bridgton is still in the hospital with severe injuries after a random attack.
Daniel said that when he drove by, he knew something did not look right.
WGME13 reported that Melissa was walking to work at the Hannaford on Route 302 in Bridgton when she was attacked. Police have arrested 21-year-old Jon Mitchell. He's facing several charges including, aggravated assault and robbery.
Melissa is facing a long hard recovery. Her fiance Kevin Benoit spoke to WGME13 saying that he just can't believe that this type of brutal attack happened in usually quiet small Bridgton. Kevin told WGME13,
She's hurt. She's hurt. She's got a broken cheekbone, broken nose. Her eye is swollen shut.
She also had to have surgery to put pins in her left arm which was broken from the attack. The Bridgton Police Chief, Philip Jones, is shocked at the injuries and how awful this attack was. But it could have been worse. First, Scammon is an Air National Guard veteran and fought her attacker, and police believe that bought her time. Plus, a good samaritan who saw the attack stopped. The Portland Press Herald found that the man is Daniel Valsecchi from Lewiston. Daniel said that when he drove by, he knew something did not look right. That selfless act probably saved Melissa's life. When Daniel stopped, the attacker left and casually walked off into the woods.
Melissa was scared to go with Daniel saying she didn't know him. But thankfully, he got her to the Hannaford parking lot. Kevin, Melissa's fiance is hoping to meet Daniel this week.
There is a GoFundMe that has been set up asking the community to come together to help Melissa cover medical costs and the loss of work. People are rising to the occasion raising over 11,000 dollars as of the writing of this story. Kevin and Melissa are grateful for the help and for the man who stopped.