In late January, 1981, Cheryl Bartlett had a dream that she was shot. A week later, she had a dream that she was shot and raped. Her boyfriend, Bud Coates, reassured her that she was safe with him. After the second dream, her mom warned her to stick close to their south Toledo home.
"She said, 'Stay in the house. This is a bad neighborhood.' But I was 18 years old ...," Bartlett says.
Late at night, Bartlett walked to meet her fiance after his shift at Kroger on Jan. 27, 1981.
"On the way back, my heart started racing. It's like something was telling me that something was going to happen, and it did," she says, her voice trailing off.
The couple were accosted by a gunman, who demanded money. That robber was joined by another man and Bartlett and Coates were taken to an alley, then into a garage on Segur Avenue.
Bartlett was raped and then one of the men told Coates to hug his fiancee.
"I think that was Nathaniel, because he called the other guy Tony. He told my boyfriend to hold me tight, because it was the last time he was ever going to hold me."
Then, a bullet was fired into Bartlett's back. Stiles believed that the brothers had only one bullet and were hoping the bullet would go through Bartlett and kill Coates. However, Coates did not get shot, and Bartlett survived.
Injured, Bartlett screamed and fled to a nearby home. She has had 20 surgeries because of that bullet, which fragmented once it entered her body.