Posted: Jun 18, 2011 4:22 PM by John Romero
Updated: Jun 19, 2011 9:23 AM
A man is still on the loose after police say he attacked a woman at the Target store near N. Carefree and Powers on Wednesday night. It happened around 10:30. "She (the victim) walked toward her car in the parking lot by herself and got in her car." explains Sgt. Chuck Potter with CSPD's Stetson Hills Division.
Police say as the suspect approached the victim, he grabbed her by the face and by the neck. If it wasn't for some quick thinking on her part, it could have been a whole lot worse. "She started honking the horn and screaming which scared the suspect away." says Potter.
Erik LaLon with The Defense Institute says in a situation like that the victim did the right thing by drawing attention to herself. But there are a few more tips that can dramatically reduce your chances of being victimized. "If you don't remember anything else, just take their vision balance and breathing." he explains.
LaLon says by becoming the aggressor when confronted, it makes it much easier to fend off your attacker. "You take that vision just by sticking your thumbs right dead in their eyes. You take their breathing by kneeing them right in the groin. You take their balance moving forward. We always move forward." he explains.
The suspect in this case is described as a black male, 40 years old, 6'00" tall and 215 pounds, with a heavy or muscular build. He wore a dark long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a dark beanie. If you have any information on this assault you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP or text a tip to 847411..