Jogger attacked in public bathroom recounts what saved her life
A jogger who was freshly armed with information from a self-defense class resisted a horrifying attack. Now, she wants everyone to know how she did it.
When Kelly Herron made a stop at a public restroom during her run at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, Washington, she was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall.
She recounted the harrowing ordeal on Instagram, saying that she fought off her assailant while screaming, "Not today m**********r."
Herron repeatedly screamed that at him as she fought him off, saying it became her "battle cry."
The path the jogger took during her escape from the attacker was captured on her fitness tracker.
"My biggest running nightmare became reality — four miles into my long run Sunday afternoon," she said on Instagram.
Herron said she fought for her life by screaming, clawing his face and punching back. She never gave up, and was able to lock him in the bathroom until police arrived.
"My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact," she said on Instagram.
Police arrested 40-year-old Gary Steiner, who is a registered sex offender, according to ABC News. He faces charges of attempted rape in the second degree and second degree assault, according to court documents.