Seattle jogger Kelly Herron fights back her sex attacker and wins

Seattle jogger Kelly Herron was 4 miles into her run when she stopped in a public restroom for a break. As she told ABC News, ‘As I was drying my hands I became aware that something was wrong’, and turned around to see a man who had been hiding in one of the stalls. ‘He immediately took me down to the ground, hit both my knees and legs, and then it was a fight on the bathroom floor and I just kept screaming, ‘not today motherf****r’,’ which she referred to as a sort of ‘battle cry’.
During the attack, it occurred to her ‘this doesn’t have to be a fair fight’, which is when her self-defense training kicked into gear. ‘All those little things that I learned in my life… how to punch and everything came back to me’, she told ABC. ‘I started to feel like I was going to lose consciousness… but I got another surge of adrenaline and I reached for the door and was able to get out’. In the class she took just 3 weeks before, ‘I learned, hit with hard bones to soft fleshy places so I just started hitting the side of his head’.
Herron and a passerby were able to lock the attacker, Gary Steiner, into the bathroom with a carabiner until the police arrived. Steiner is a registered sex offender in Arizona. Herron posted a photo of her bruised and stitched-up face on Instagram, along with the GPS tracking of her attack, and a pretty great message.

Seattle jogger Kelly Herron fights back her sex attacker and wins

Seattle jogger Kelly Herron fights back her sex attacker and wins

Seattle jogger Kelly Herron fights back her sex attacker and wins

Seattle jogger Kelly Herron fights back her sex attacker and wins

Seattle jogger Kelly Herron fights back her sex attacker and wins

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