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Woman says she was attacked by stranger in downtown Las Vegas

Bottle thrown at victim's face
Posted at 11:10 PM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 06:57:37-04

A girls night out in Downtown Las Vegas turned into a nightmare for a local woman. 

"I felt safe is the thing, so I think my guard was down," said Amanda Colston.

The pictures of Colston's injuries are tough to look at. She says she was attacked by a stranger near Fremont and 11th Street early Saturday morning.

"A lot of pain," she said, "especially on the side of my mouth."

Right before the incident, Colston and her friend spotted a dog with a service vest tied to a fence.

"He was so so sweet," she said.

The dog was alone. Colston's friend hugged the animal as she snapped a picture. That's when Colston says a stranger suddenly appeared and threatened to harm the dog.

"I don't think I was talking with a person who was in their right mind," she said.

The man was aggressive and agitated, said Colston.

"In that moment, I just got really really scared like he was going to do something awful, like hit the dog," she said.

Seconds later, the young woman would be bleeding on the ground.  She had a busted lip and a broken nose.

Colston said she realized that the man had hit her with a bottle. Her friend called 911 and she was taken to the hospital. 

Right now, Colston is sharing her story to warn other women.

"I just think it's important for women especially to stick together, be alert of your surroundings," she said.

In the midst of the chaotic incident, the animal lover lost touch with the dog. Colston has called local shelters. Above all else, she says she wants to identify the owner of the dog and make sure the animal is safe.

Colston's friend has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover her medical expenses.

13 Action News has reached out to police to get more information about the attacker.  We will continue to follow this story.