Man’s encounter with knife-wielding attacker featured on ‘I Survived’
A new national television series featuring harrowing tales of survival will highlight a Rockford man in one of its first episodes next week.
Jim Green, a lifelong Rockford area resident, will share his story of how he fought off a knife-wielding attacker, left police a clue to help solve the crime and, on the verge of collapse, drove himself to the hospital on “I Survived.”
The show is presented by Biography at 8 p.m. on Mondays.
When Green emerged from the operating room on Feb. 9, 2002, he had 118 staples and 53 stitches on his chest, back, face and hands, and Rockford Police had Green’s neighbor, Tom Roach, in custody for attempted murder.
Green, a 60-year-old former insurance salesman, credits God for his survival and his ability to put the life-threatening ordeal in perspective. He’s never been scared to be in his old apartment where the attack took place — in fact, he still lives there. And he doesn’t mind talking about the day he let Roach inside his home and barely made it out alive.
“It doesn’t freak me out. I’ve never been fearful. It’s just something that happened in my life,” Green said. “The only reason I survived is because God wanted me to.”
Green didn’t have time to speak to police before doctors rushed him into surgery that day. Instead, he left them a note in his apartment. The note, covered in blood from Green’s multiple stab and slash wounds, had two words on it: Tom Roach. It led police directly to Green’s neighbor, who later pleaded guilty to attempted murder.
To hear Green’s story, tune into Biography at 8 p.m. April 7.
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