Woman bites, pepper sprays man during attack
An unsuspecting woman in Huntsville, North Carolina was dragged from her car while stopped at a stop sign and narrowly avoided a sexual assault.
Apparently, just after 7 p.m. while stopped at an intersection, a man approached her vehicle, reached in through an open window and pulled her from the car. He forced her to a secluded location on the median of the road where he attempted to sexually assault her.
Luckily her quick thinking helped her to escape unharmed. While her attacker attempted to silence her, he covered her mouth with his hand. She then bit down on his hand, enabling her to escape his grasp. She had the presence of mind to use her key-chain pepper spray to dose the attacker’s face. Realizing that she wasn’t going down without a fight, he fled the scene with his tail between his legs.
The man was described as a white male between the ages of 45-55 years old with a beard and salt-and-pepper colored hair.
Carrying pepper spray on her key-chain and fighting back by biting him were the difference in stopping the attack. However there were several things she could have done to avoid the attack in the first place. The most obvious is to have the windows rolled up and doors locked. It’s very likely that he specifically targeted her because of the easy access. Chances are, if the windows are rolled up he doesn’t even approach the vehicle. And if he does, he wouldn’t have been able to pull her from the car so easily.
The second thing is awareness of the surroundings. When stopped at a light, stop sign or freeway off ramp you should always scan the area for pedestrians and be prepared in the event they approach your vehicle. Use your mirrors to see behind you and don’t let someone sneak up on you. An attacker always prefers the element of surprise, so be cognizant of your environment.
Tip number three is to always leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you in the event you need to escape quick. Run over your attacker if that is your only escape route. If you don’t have enough room to maneuver your car, don’t hesitate to honk your horn to attract attention.
Lastly, key-chain pepper spray is an excellent idea, however it might not be accessible if it’s attached to the keys while in the ignition. An additional pepper spray with visor clip is a great option.
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