A horrifying story is blowing up social media after a marathon runner from Seattle, Washington says she stopped for a bathroom break that would soon change her life forever.
Herron shared her horrifying experience on Instagram:
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 used all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact. #NTMF #fightingchanceseattle #ballard #runnersafety #marathontraining #womensselfdefense #myballard #fightlikeagirl #fightback #dontbeavictim #nottodaymotherfucker #youcantbreakme #instarunners #garmin #garminvivosmarthr
After a SERIOUS fight, Harron was finally able to evade her attacker and lock him in the bathroom until police arrived.
During an interview with ABC 7, She described the terrifying attack, referring to the battle as a “fight on the bathroom floor.” She gut wrenching describes her will to live and how she was able to successfully take him down.
Herron’s saving grace? A self-defense class she took that was offered through her job.
She was able to utilize what she learned in the fight of her life:
I couldn't remain the silent, anonymous victim- there is a message of survival that is too important to remain untold. I'm grateful to have found the right people to help me tell it. Thank you @siemnykiro7 @kiro7seattle @dorimonsonshow @kiroradio973 @budopunk I hope this encourages women to #neverstopfighting #neverstoprunning #womensselfdefense @mayoredmurray – Are you listening!? #Iamasurvivor #notavictim #nottodaymotherfucker
She described to ABC 7 what she’d been taught:
“I learned to put your hard bones in soft fleshy places. So I just started beating the side of his head with the side of my hand.”02\
“Being loud and not afraid. I mean you are afraid, but letting him know, ‘you are not taking me down today. You are not going to win this fight.’”
Here’s her attacker:
He is 40-year-old registered sex offender named Gary Steiner.
The Daily Mail reported that a police officer described Steiner as a “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.”
According to KIRO 7, Steiner was charged with attempted rape and second-degree assault.