ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- An Alamance County woman says a man tried to grab her and pull her into his car Sunday evening while she was walking her dog.
The woman was walking her dog on Forest Oaks Lane near Mebane around 7:30 when she claims a car passed by then turned around before stopping in front of her. The driver got out and tried to pull her into his car with her dog growling and attempting to bite the suspect. The man gave up and got away in his car according to the Alamance County Sheriff's Department. Investigators are still trying to find him.
"She didn't recognize the individual or the car so we don't know if it was a random attack or what the motive was," explains Randy Jones, Public Information Officer for the Alamance County Sheriff''s Office.
Jones says the woman and her dog are okay, but they aren't sure where the suspect went. It happened in a neighborhood near Interstate 40, near Mebane Oaks Road.
"It sounds like the lady did a really good job though of doing everything she could to survive," says David Stacy, owner of Octagon an MMA and Krav Maga gym in Greensboro.
"She fought back hard, she had a dog with her, she was out walking at a what was presumably a safe time, safe place."
When it comes to defending yourself in a situation like this, Stacy gives some advice that's easy to remember.
"Run if you can and if you can't fight back with everything that you have."
If someone comes to attack you, Stacy says to try and stay grounded if you can because it's easier to get free if you're not lifted up. He also says to try and create space, making it hard for someone to hold on to you.
He also says you should yell, drawing more attention to the attacker. And if you are out walking make sure you're not distracted, especially with your phone. Although the Sheriff's Office says it's good to have a phone with you, in case you need to call for help.
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The vehicle is described as possibly being a 'recently detailed' silver Honda with tinted windows. The suspect was described as a middle eastern male in his 20’s, with dark hair, a neatly trimmed beard, medium build and estimated as being 5’7” in height.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 570-6300.