“There was a knock at the door," said Neil Gillon, a retiree in his 60s. "It sounded like somebody going down the door.”
Gillon said his wife answered the door to find a woman standing there covered in blood and screaming for help.
"It was desperate," Gillon said. "I believe she had been cut on the stomach. I don't know that. And she said her friend had been cut on the throat."
His wife went out to see her and Gillon followed to find a man hitting her.
“I confronted the guy,” Gillon said. “My wife had been bashed, and [he] kept bashing her and bashing her. I struggled with him. Unsuccessfully, I would say, because that's where my memory ends.”
Gillon said remembers being hit with something and thrown against the elevator doors, then waking up in the hospital.
He said both and his wife believe they were attacked with a hammer.
Of the seven stabbed or bludgeoned in the melee, six of them – including Gillon and his wife – required hospitalization. One person remains in hospital in serious condition.
The accused, Jerome Bonneric, 33, is facing 12 counts of assault and will appear in court Monday.
He was not previously known to police and it’s believed a girlfriend of Bonneric lived at the Barclay Street highrise where the attacks took place.
The motive for the attacks is still under investigation.