While Kelly Herron was using a Seattle park’s public restroom on a break from her run this Sunday, a man came up behind her, allegedly threw her to the ground, and attempted to sexually assault her on the floor.
Her response? “I just kept screaming, ‘Not today motherfucker!’" Herron, 36, said in an interview with ABC News.
Herron then proceeded to use self-defense tactics that she had learned in a class from just a few weeks earlier to escape from her alleged attacker Gary Steiner, leading to his arrest on charges of second-degree attempted rape.
After being thrown to the ground, Herron broke free and ran to a bathroom stall, but Steiner entered the stall and started beating her, she claimed. But she then thought “this doesn’t have to be a fair fight,” and started clawing at his face.
“[I was] being loud and not afraid,” she told a local ABC affiliate. “I mean, you are afraid but letting him know: You are not taking me down today, you are not going to win this fight.”
She then locked Steiner in a bathroom stall, she claimed.
Steiner, a registered sex offender, allegedly admitted to police that he had attacked Herron with the intention of raping her.