Kelly Herron, of Seattle, was on her usual routine of a morning job when she stopped in a park to use the ladies’ room. There, the 36-year-old was attacked by a sexual deviant. The pervert beat her and tried to rape her. But, Herron successfully fought back and even locked him into a bathroom stall until police arrived.
She shouted, “Not today m—f—!” as her attacker tried to pin her to a bathroom stall while beating her viciously. Herron started to recall some moves she learned from a self-defense class taken a few weeks ago. She hit his head, scratched him, she did anything she could think of to fight back. When she finally escaped the stall, she thought quickly and used a carabiner to lock in her attacker until police arrived.
Recalling the harrowing assault, she said, “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, m—–f—–‘.” She said those words became her battle cry.
After attempting to lock herself in a stall, her attacker managed to break in, and he began beating her.
Fearing she was about to lose consciousness, Herron remembered her self-defense training. “I learned hard bones and soft fleshy places, so I just started hitting the side of his head,” she explained.
She began fighting back by scratching his face and punching him. “This doesn’t have to be a fair fight,” she recalled thinking. “All those little things that I learned in my life … how to punch and everything came back to me,” she recalled. “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.”
he eventually escaped from Steiner. With the help of a passerby, she used a carabiner to lock her attacker in the bathroom. They called the police who arrested Steiner–still locked inside the ladies room.
Police later learned Steiner has a long record of assaults on numerous women dating back to the 1990s, ABC reported. He is in jail pending a $750,000 bond on charges of attempted rape in the second degree and second-degree assault.
Herron sustained multiple bruises and cuts from her attacker. Her GPS tracker detailed her path, before and after the attack.
She told the reporters she has a new sense of confidence after fending off her attacker. She is continuing her training to run in the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon scheduled for this summer.
It goes without saying that we live in a world with decaying morals. Herron was lucky, many people aren’t.