June 4, 2023
Donna Ongsiako

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Despite losing three quarters of the blood in her body, Donna Ongsiako was able to help police find the person who almost took her life. 

On July 7, 2013, shortly after midnight, Donna Ongsiako was rushed to the hospital. She had been stabbed repeatedly in a violent home invasion. She was in surgery for over seven hours, but she survived.

“I lost in total close to three quarters of the blood in my body,” Ongsiako told “48 Hours.” “There’s no earthly reason why I’m alive.”

A scratching noise


CBS News

Ongsiako says before she was attacked, she had just gone to bed for the evening. As she drifted off to sleep, she heard what she thought was her cat scratching at the door. 

She went downstairs to let the cat in.

A stranger with a knife

Ongsiako crime scene

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Instead of her cat, when she opened the door, Ongsiako says she saw a stranger on her porch. He had a knife and was attempting to cut her window screen.

Pushed his way in

Ongsiako crime scene

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

When Ongsiako tried to shut the door, the intruder stuck the knife through the opening and cut her finger. He pushed his way into her home and began slashing her. After she collapsed to the ground, Ongsiako says he asked for her car keys and a lighter.

Stolen property

Ongsiako evidence

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Ongsiako says she told the intruder her keys and lighter were on the kitchen table. He took them along with her entire purse. After stabbing Ongsiako a final time in the chest, he walked out the door.

Alone on a flower farm

Ongsiako crime scene

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Ongsiako’s house was on the edge of a flower farm in Colts Neck, N.J., with no neighbors in earshot. 

Home alone

Donna and Kiersten Ongsiako

Kiersten Ongsiako

Ongsiako lived with her adult daughter, Kiersten. But on the night of her attack, she was home alone. Her daughter was out at a party. 

Ongsiako knew her survival depended on reaching her cellphone which was charging upstairs. 

The 911 call

Ongsiako crime scene

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Ongsiako says thinking about Kiersten finding her dead motivated her to climb these stairs despite her serious injuries. She got through to 911 and was able to give a detailed description of her attacker before briefly losing consciousness.

Ongsiako told police he had long, blonde, curly hair and a backpack and looked about 17. 

A tip from Taco Bell

Suspect surveillance video

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office/Surveillance video

Not long after Ongsiako’s 911 call, police got a call from a fast-food restaurant five miles from her home. Employees reported seeing a young, blonde man with a backpack. They said he was walking through their drive-thru, knocking on windows and was carrying a knife. 

An abandoned vehicle

Ongsiako crime evidence

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

While searching for the young man who had been spotted at the Taco Bell, police found Ongsiako’s stolen vehicle. It had been ditched behind a movie theater, in the same shopping center as the fast-food restaurant. The lights of the vehicle were on, and it was still running. 

Crucial DNA

Ongsiako crime evidence

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Detectives said the vehicle would become crucial in the investigation. There was blood all over it, and they hoped to find DNA of their suspect. 

A police sketch

Ongsiako suspect sketch

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Within two days, a customer who saw the young man at the Taco Bell met with a police sketch artist. After making a few tweaks, Ongsiako said the sketch looked like the person who had stabbed her. The sketch was soon plastered all over Monmouth County. 

More security footage

Ongsiako suspect surveillance video

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Investigators reviewed the cameras of stores in the shopping center near the Taco Bell to see if they’d get lucky and spot their suspect. Their suspect was caught again on security footage, this time walking outside a Verizon store.

A crucial tip


NJ Department of Corrections

Not long after the police sketch began circulating, just eight days after Donna’s attack, Monmouth County Detective Andrea Tozzi got an important tip.

The tipster pointed investigators to 16-year-old Brennan Doyle and said Doyle fit the description of the suspect’s sketch that was around town. And according to the tipster, Doyle, who normally had long skater-style hair — had recently cut his hair much shorter, similar to how it appears in this photo. 

A suspect who lived nearby

Det. Andrea Tozzi and Jim Axelrod

CBS News

The teen and his family lived just up the road from Ongsiako’s house. Detectives visited the Doyle home in late July. Detective Tozzi, pictured with “48 Hours” contributor Jim Axelrod, says she wanted to see if Doyle had cut his hair. 

A DNA match


Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

The investigation lasted through the summer of 2013. Brennan Doyle remained the only likely suspect.

Detective Tozzi says in September, investigators had gotten a warrant to obtain Doyle’s DNA. Ultimately, the results showed Doyle’s DNA matched unknown DNA found in Ongsiako’s car. 

A knife on top of the strip mall

Ongsiako crime evidence

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

In early October, police got a call that a knife had been found on the roof of a bowling alley in the same strip mall where Ongsiako’s car had been ditched. Repairmen were servicing an air conditioning unit when they found it.

Investigators then got a warrant to search Doyle’s home. They found a similar knife from the same set.

An arrest

Ongsiako crime evidence

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

In late October 2013, Brennan Doyle was arrested. He was facing six counts including attempted murder and carjacking. Seen here are the keys Doyle took from Donna Ongsiako’s purse.

A plea and sentencing

Monmouth County Courthouse

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

According to investigative reports, Doyle claimed that on the night of Ongsiako’s attack, he was under the influence of hallucinogenic “magic” mushrooms.

In August 2015, Doyle agreed to a plea deal, pleading guilty to carjacking and attempted murder. The prosecution dropped the remaining charges.

In October, Doyle was sentenced to 15 years in state prison. 

A survivor’s journey

Survivors of Violent Crimes

Dana Richards

Even with Doyle off the streets, Ongsiako, pictured right, was still struggling. She had found PTSD and domestic violence support groups but says there were none for victims of random attacks. So, in 2015, she decided to create her own: Survivors of Violent Crimes.

Recognized for her work

Ongsiako crime evidence

Tom Zapcic

In July 2019, Ongsiako’s local community honored her for her work with Survivors of Violent Crimes. She’s gratified she can help others rebuild their lives as she continues to rebuild hers. 

Sharing her story

Donna Ongsiako

CBS News

Ongsiako says her work isn’t done. She has more plans for her support group including helping victims connect with trauma therapists and offering self-defense classes.

She’s also educating others. She travels to prisons, meeting with inmates and addresses police cadets so they can understand the victim’s point of view.

match masters arena 7 funny game like paper clash royale what
hello guys are looking for match master free boosters coins
truth about free gems in clash of clans youtube
dragon city gold gems food generator free 2022 no human
pdf free tiktok coins stikes panti rapih
best amazon gift card deal ł6 free when you top up balance uk
continue with tiktok followers generator 2023 free updated
free spins links coin master promo code feb 2023
updated avakin life hack free avacoins without verification 2019
bingo blitz gifts rewards credits and coins daily bonus
daily coin master free spins coins new link for feb 2023 updated
genshin impact primogems how to farm and use effectively
pdf fd443 free instagram followers generator 2023 echa
free nintendo eshop gift card generator in 2023 youtube
free psn codes generator gift cards apkgk com
free snapchat score generator 2022 sketchfab
how to get tinder gold for free in 4 ways techowns
zepeto mod how i got unlimited zems and coins in 2022 apps
match masters free coins boosters link cheats twitter
match masters all boosters match master free booster
coc free 99999 gems generator home facebook
dragon city hack gems 2023 s nft collection nifty gateway
family island join the game for 300 free rubies facebook
free hay day diamonds generator 2022 no survey without
litmatch make new friends apps on google play
myths of moonrise new gift code 9 january 2023 youtube
pdf portable generator buffalo tools
evony mod apk 4 38 3 unlimited money gems apk kernal
druid d d 5th edition on roll20 compendium
best project makeover gems hack no survey or verification
mod tango hack tool cheats coins s profile technet
beach buggy racing 2023 01 11 apk mod free luckymodapk
how to get free tiktok coins in 2023 tecnoguias
31 of the best ways to earn free amazon gift cards in the uk
jbqvc sgg tiktok followers 2023 free booster4020 at main
coin master free spins updated daily links february 2023
avakin coins hack no human verification 100 work rich
bingo blitz free credits generator md hugging face
new tricks coin master spin generator 2023 free
genshin impact 2 8 redeem codes free primogems and more
instagram influencer sponsored post money calculator
free nintendo eshop gift card generator 2023 onlin servicenow
daily psn code generator no human verification 2022 nvi5q apache
game snapchat snapscore boost generator 2023 no unsplash
tinder gold account generator gamertricks com
zepeto mod how i got unlimited zems and coins in 2022 apps
hello guys are looking for match master free boosters coins
aar 40990 match masters free coins boosters 3tr7h
ng wiy clash of clans free gems gv 4sb how to flowcode
dragon city hack cheat codes for free gems levelbash

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *