A 24-year-old woman was stabbed in the throat during an attempted robbery in an alleyway in south Manchester.
Leanne Scott was walking home down an alley off Delamere Road, Levenshulme, when she was grabbed by a man who demanded money and cashcards.
She was kicked repeatedly in the head and stabbed with a blunt item when she said she did not have anything.
Minutes after the attack in the early hours of Sunday another woman, aged 31, was robbed on nearby Elbow Street.
Greater Manchester Police believe the same man was responsible for the attacks and they are appealing for help in tracing him.
The man is described as of mixed race, aged in his late teens to early 20s, about 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothing.
In the first attack, the man ran off towards Broom Lane when Ms Scott screamed and a passer-by came to help.
"I feel very lucky to be alive, it could have been a lot worse," she said.
"The support I have had from the locals has been tremendous and I would not want to see this happen to anybody else.
"Anyone with the slightest bit of information about these attacks must come forward as it's so important we catch this man."
Greater Manchester Police are investigating whether the two incidents are linked to a spate of attacks on women that happened in the area between 2 March and 7 April.
Supt John O'Hare said: "We are looking at the similarities between them and are continuing to thoroughly investigate each incident for clues that can lead us to the offender."
The force has increased patrols in Levenshulme and Mr O'Hare said officers were doing everything possible to find the person responsible.
Ms Scott was the second employee of Hennigan's Sports Bar on Stockport Road to suffer an attack.
Her boss, Lawrence Hennigan, 48, and other licencees in Levenshulme are offering a £1,000 reward for information.
"It seems the incidents are getting more serious," said Mr Hennigan.