Michelle Yi, Contestant On Survivor:Fuji Stabbed And Beaten By Homeless Woman

October 19, 2021

By: Mary Moore

Survivor: Fuji contestant Michelle Yi is recovering after she was stabbed and beaten with a metal paton by a homeless woman in Santa Monica, California on Thursday, according to People magazine.

Yi was headed to teach a Pilates class at around 6 a.m. when she encountered the woman who was yelling at her.

"She was yelling all sorts of things like, 'You stole my identity' and, 'You're a prostitute,'" Yi, 37, tells PEOPLE. "Santa Monica has a homeless problem, and I've dealt with this type of thing before. So I told her, 'Ma'am, you can't be here. You need to leave.'"

But the woman did not leave. According to Yi, the woman lunged at her with a knife in one hand and a metal baton in the other. "She stabbed me in the left bicep," says Yi. "And then she hit me on the right hand with the baton. My Apple Watch shattered."

The woman assaulted Yi, leaving her blooded with her face split open from being hit in the head.

Students who were attending the class attempted to call 911 but were met with a message saying that they were “currently busy”. However they were able to flag down a police officer in the street.

"When we arrived, the suspect was still on the scene," Lieutenant Rudy Flores, a spokesman for the Santa Monica Police Department, tells PEOPLE. "The officers took her into custody and interviewed the victims and the witnesses."

Yi was taken to the hospital where they did X-rays which came out fine but she was stitched up for the lacerations that she received.

"I can't say why she attacked me, of all people," says Yi. "But she was a white lady who attacked three people that morning. Another victim was an elderly Asian man who was walking his dog, and the third was also a person of color. I can't prove whether it was racially motivated or not, but she was screaming all sorts of awful things at me. The facts are what they are."

The woman had also attacked two other people and police said that it may have been due to her being mentally unstable and off of her medication.

The woman was taken into custody and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.