Seattle police say a woman training for a marathon was left beaten, bloodied and bruised after she was attacked in her local park.
According to the incident report, 36-year-old Kelly Herron was out for a 15 mile run through a local park when she stopped to use the restroom on Sunday afternoon. That's when Herron felt 40-year-old Gary Steiner, a registered sex offender, sneak up behind her while she was drying her hands and attacked her, Seattle police 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,” Herron told Kiro 7.
Steiner punched her repeatedly in the face as he attempted to rape her,’ Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom said.
Herron said she “just kept screaming, ‘not today m****r f***er’, while clawing his face, punching back, and desperately trying to escape his grip using self-defense tactics I learned only three weeks earlier”. Her screams were heard by a witness outside who called 911.
Police say Herron was able to escape her attacker and fled to a vacant cubicle in an attempt to barricade herself from her attacker until police arrived.
She told police 'she felt like she was going to be raped' and Steiner was charged on Wednesday with attempted second-degree rape and second-degree assault with sexual motivation, according to The Seattle Times.
Police said Steiner confessed that while he was waiting in the bathroom, two other women entered the space but he didn't attack them.
But when Herron was drying her hands, he had worked up the nerve to approach her, knock her down and repeatedly punch her in the face in an attempted rape, according to police.
The charging documents continued that Steiner told police that he wanted them to kill him and an officer wrote: 'The defendant represents a severe danger to the community.
'His predatory attack on a female in the middle of the day represents a brazen willingness to assault without concern for getting caught.'
The paper reported that the man was convicted in Arizona for sexually assaulting several women in 1999, indecent exposure in 2008 and convicted of criminal mischief with a
deadly weapon in Clark County, Washington, in 2015.
My biggest running nightmare became reality- 4 miles into my long run Sunday afternoon, I stopped to use the restroom and was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall (that is my GPS in red lines). I fought for my life screaming("Not today, M**F**er!"), clawing his face, punching back, and desperately trying to escape his grip- never giving up. I was able to lock him in the bathroom until police arrived. Thankfully I just took a self-defense class offered at my work and utilized all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact. #fightingchanceseattle #ballard #runnersafety #marathontraining #womensselfdefense #myballard #fightlikeagirl #fightback #dontbeavictim #nottodaymotherfucker #youcantbreakme #instarunners #garmin #garminvivosmarthr