Woman Uses Keys to Fight Off Attacker in City Heights

The man drove past the victim several times, then got out of his truck and tried to grab her in the 4400 block of El Cajon Boulevard, the San Diego Police Department said

With a set of keys in hand, a woman fought off an attacker in City Heights early Friday after the unknown man allegedly tried to grab her.

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), the attempted kidnapping happened around 2:45 a.m. as the victim was walking in the 4400 block of El Cajon Boulevard.

The 26-year-old woman told police she noticed a man in a truck driving past her several times. Moments later, the truck stopped and the man got out. That man then allegedly approached the woman from behind and tried to grab her in an attempt to pull her into his vehicle.

The woman, with her keys in her hand, fought back and punched the stranger in the face.

The suspect ran away and the woman ran into the middle of the street and screamed for help. A Good Samaritan passing by stopped and picked up the woman and she was able to safely call authorities.

The SDPD said the victim’s shirt was torn in the struggle. She suffered minor scratches but was otherwise unharmed.

The suspect involved in the attempted assault and kidnapping has not yet been arrested. Police described him as a man in his 30s wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. He was driving an older four-door burgundy Toyota Tundra with a camper shell.

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