On the fourth mile of a marathon training run, 36-year-old Kelly Herron stopped to use a public bathroom in a Seattle park. As she was drying her hands she became aware that something was wrong, and as she turned around she found herself face to face with a man who immediately took her down to the ground. Kelly says it was “a fight on the bathroom floor and I just kept screaming, ‘not today mother—.'” Herron said that bit of profanity became her “battle cry” throughout the attack, as she tried at first to lock herself inside a stall. Her attacker, who police have identified as 40-year-old registered sex offender Gary Steiner, “started beating me in the face with his hand. At that point, she realized, “this doesn’t have to be a fair fight” and remembering a self-defense course from weeks earlier, started clawing his face. When she got a surge of adrenaline she reached for the door and was able to get out. A passerby helped her lock her assailant inside the restroom until police arrived.
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