It was Gladys Wade who ran to police, bleeding and screaming for help after she escaped from Anthony Sowell’s Imperial Avenue home last December.

It was Wade who got more than a dozen stitches in her right thumb where it was ripped open on a jagged piece of glass from a window broken during a struggle with Sowell — a struggle that left blood spattered on the walls and steps of his home.

And it was Wade who met the next day with Detective Georgia Hussein to recount her terrifying story.

But it was Anthony Sowell — a convicted sex offender — the authorities believed, Wade said in an interview Monday.

“The detective, she didn’t take me seriously at all,” said Wade, who turns 41 today. “[Sowell] told them that I robbed him and that I assaulted him. And evidently his story was somehow more powerful than mine.”

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