Police say the woman is alive, but in the hospital with serious injuries.
Some neighbors recounted what they remembered from the night before.
"Well it kind of woke me up, they came knocking on my door, waking me up telling me you know, somebody got hit in the head or something with a pot or a pan," said Michael Cole.
"Then it went from that to he stabbed her just that quick. It was a very sad altercation, because as long as I've lived out here I've never seen anything like that," said Ashley Wade.
Police say a dispute broke out in the parking lot around 3:45 a.m. in the 5200 block of North Knoxville at Villa Bordeaux Apartments. Now 51-year-old Anthony Casey is behinds bars, expected to be charged with attempted murder.
"Tell you the truth, it don't change nothing, I still feel safe," Cole said.
Cole said he hasn't seen violence this bad in the four years he's lived there, and and said it's not going to make him move. Wade agrees.
"I feel very safe out here. I have a 5-year-old child and I feel very safe out here," Wade said.
One resident who didn't want to be identified disagreed, she said she doesn't feel safe.
"This is where I live so I try to make the best of it, but it's not the best place to live, no."
She said she doesn't even feel safe enough to let her son play outside, now she's even more worried.
"My fiance, he works third shift so if he were to come home in the middle of the night to check on us or something, who knows what might happen," she said.
Wade said this incident should deter people looking to live in the complex.
"It is a great place to live it really is. It's sad that little instances like that give the Villa Bordeaux a bad name," Wade said.
The Villa Bordeaux landlord said he's been trying to make the apartments safer. He says he screens all residents and tries to evict people who cause trouble.