By Marianne Martinez, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An East Dallas woman wants to warn others about a violent attack during which she was robbed and cut after returning home from work at 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the 6000 block of Prospect Ave.

“I got out of my car and I was getting groceries out of the back seat,” she said.  “I heard footsteps behind the car.”

The woman, who did not want to be identified, made her way from her driveway to her front porch when the attacker grabbed her from behind.

She said the attacker tugged at her purse and dragged her down the porch steps. Her husband, who was inside the house, heard her scream.

She noticed the cut on her arm after her husband helped her inside.

“The paramedics said it looked like a razor blade cut maybe,” she said.

The attacker drove off in a car that was parked across the street from the woman’s home. He got away with her purse, which contained a wallet, cell phone and $20 in cash. But the woman said the attacker took something else.

“My trust in people,” she said. “My trust in strangers.”

She had to get stitches and also suffered smaller cuts and bruises on her legs and torso. As the victim recovers, she said she continues to think about how she could have prevented the attack.

“Because I’ve been a waitress all my life and I work nights, I’ve always been aware of my surroundings,” she said. “I just did what I thought the best thing to do was to get in the house as fast as I could.”

The woman hasn’t left her home since the attack happened, and when she does, she’ll add another step to her nightly routine.

“Be more careful.”