‘In a matter of seconds’: Woman fights off attacker still on the loose in southwest Austin

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are asking for the community’s help in finding a suspect from an attempted kidnapping last month in southwest Austin.

Police said this happened near 7900 Cobblestone, just south of Southwest Parkway, at about 8 p.m. on June 20. Officers said the victim was walking on a trail behind her home when a man came out of a wooded area. The suspect tried to pull the victim into the woods, but she fought back and was able to run away, according to police.

Police described the suspect as:

  • White man
  • 5′ 10″
  • 40 to 50 years old
  • Medium build
  • Shoulder length brown hair
  • Light brown, unkempt, medium length beard
  • “Very blue” eyes
  • Wrinkles on his face and sunburn on his skin
  • Dressed in a “really dirty” white shirt and pants
  • Smell of body odor and alcohol

An evening stroll in late June turned into a run for her life. 

“When I tried to pass in front of him, he grabbed me, he forced me,” the victim, who does not want to be identified, said.

The victim told KXAN she doesn’t know how she escaped. 

“It was all in a matter of seconds,” she said.

She told us she was walking on the trail in a wooded area where a lot of other neighbors go, when the man, reeking of alcohol, attacked her. 

“Thank god I was able to try to defend myself and scream,” the victim said. “And it was when I started screaming louder that the man left, and I could run.”

Longtime residents in the neighborhood like Ursula Jackson don’t know what to think now. 

“I was terrified and shocked, because it always felt so safe,” Jackson said.

Jackson said she hasn’t been out since, with police telling her it may be too dangerous for now. 

“You just don’t know; it’s the first incident. Who knows where that man came from,” Jackson said.

The victim who survived is grateful to be alive. She said she’s also thankful her kids weren’t with her when the attack happened.

“My daughters walk in the same place,” she said.

The victim urges everyone to stay vigilant in protecting yourself.

“You don’t think about how to defend yourself sometimes before an incident like this,” she said.  

Police ask that if anyone has seen the suspect, to call 9-1-1 immediately.

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