Blind woman, friend say they fended off violent ex-boyfriend holding them hostage

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City woman said she broke up with her live-in boyfriend Saturday after three years of dating. Two days later, she said he tried to kill her and her best friend.

It is important to know that the victim, Elisha Harden, is blind. Since she broke up with boyfriend Larry Simms, she had been staying elsewhere. Monday morning, she thought Simms would already be at work when she went home to get ready for work herself.

But when she got there she and her friend, Walita Williams, got a big surprise.

"He's like, ‘b**** I took off of work for this, and I knew I was going to catch you,’" said Walita. "As I was calling 911, he ran to get a knife, and he came back with the knife and he rubbed it across her legs and across her body."

"He tells me to get up and sit on the floor by the door," said Elisha

Walita said she knew the situation was escalating to a point where if she did something wrong, she might have died.

"I know if I make any sudden moves, he is going to stab me and if he kills me, he is definitely going to kill her. I can't be any help to her," she said. "I tried to reason with him. I was crying, I was begging, we was singing 'Yes, Jesus loves me,' we were praying, everything but that just made it worse."

Elisha said that she was interrogated by Simms, and when she said something he didn't like, there were consequences.

"Every time he asked a question, and he didn't like the answer, he would hit me in the head with the hammer," Elisha said.

Elisha showed FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien the bloodstained cloth she used to try and stop the bleeding. When asked how they got free, Elisha paints a picture that shows just because she's blind, doesn't mean she can't sense you.

"It's kind of like I always tell my kids, 'as long as you are over there, you are fine but if you get close enough to me, I got ya'.'" she explained. "He walked up on me and was pricking my face like that, so I was taking my arm and trying to feel how close he was, so, and that's it. He was close enough that I just grabbed the knife."

The moment Elisha gained the knife provided an escape opportunity for both women.

"Once I seen he couldn't handle her and she really had a hold of the knife, I took off. And he came after me and she ran out the back door," Walita said. "As he was coming that way, I knew he was going for the rest of the knives. So I ran in the kitchen and swiped the knives off the counter, and I grabbed one and put it to him, I said, 'I'm not going to cut you, just leave.'"

Not only is Elisha mighty, but she is smart. After Simms took off, she tracked him on her 'Find My Phone App,' which led police to Harrah’s Casino where Simms was arrested. He is now in jail, charged with four felonies, one misdemeanor and is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. His charges include first-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault.

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