Kelly Herron, 36, of Seattle, was on her usual morning jog when she stopped to use the ladies’ room at a park, and got attacked by a sexual deviant. He beat her and tried to rape her, but Herron managed to fight him off and lock him into a bathroom stall until police arrived.
With the battle cry: “Not today m—f—!”, Herron was able to remember some moves she had learned from a self-defense class taken just mere weeks before.
Her attacker had pinned her in a bathroom stall and began to beat her savagely, when Herron decided she was going to do whatever she could to fight him. She began to hit the side of his head, scratch, do any damage she could before finally escaping the stall, and then having the quick thinking to use a carabiner to lock her attack in while police arrived to the scene.
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.