KEENESBURG, Colo. -- A woman was grabbed by a stranger and pulled into an alley. She was able to fight off the suspect and he’s now behind bars, facing charges of attempted kidnapping.
He was found after someone called 911 reporting that he knocked on their door saying he needed to stay the night because deputies were after him.
This all happened around 9:00 Thursday night in the small Weld County town of Keenesburg, about 40 minutes northeast of Denver.
The victim, who wants to protect her identity, said she was really comfortable walking in her neighborhood at night. In fact, she’d done so for 10 years. But now, she says no matter who you are or where you live, don’t walk without some kind of protection.
She said, “You feel helpless, you feel over-powered.”
She was walking near Main Street when she first noticed a man following her. “I tried to be nice and civil so I wouldn't upset him, to where he would try to hurt me. That's when I got really scared. That's when I knew, oh god, something is going to happen.”
She described what happened saying, "He came behind me, and grabbed me to where I couldn't move my arms and told me not to scream."
She was able to break free, but with bad knees she said she couldn’t run, and he tried again. “I’m a strong girl and I got out of it and then he came up again and put his hand over my mouth so I couldn't say anything and he kept saying don't scream, don't scream and he grabbed my shirt and tried to pull me away."
Again she struggled and finally got away. “I ran to a stranger’s house and just banged on the door, ‘till they woke up and let me in."
She says this whole ordeal certainly changed her attitude about walking alone at night, even in a quiet place like Keenesburg. “It’s scary in a small town because you think you know everybody."