A cross-eyed sex offender was in for more than he bargained after following a jogger into a park bathroom. Unfortunately for him, things would take a horrible turn when he tried to rip the woman’s clothes off and got a nasty surprise.
Kelly Herron is training for a marathon in Seattle, Washington, where she has been going out for several lengthy runs in preparation. However, one of her most recent jogs didn’t exactly go according to plan when, just 4 miles into her 10-mile run, she had to use the restroom.
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 utilized all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact. #fightingchanceseattle #ballard #runnersafety #marathontraining #womensselfdefense #myballard #fightlikeagirl #fightback #dontbeavictim #nottodaymotherfucker #youcantbreakme #instarunners #garmin #garminvivosmarthr
Herron stopped in the Golden Gardens Park restroom and went inside, and that’s when her “biggest running nightmare” came true. After making her way to the sink to wash her hands, she was quickly approached by a thug who was hiding in one of the stalls and grabbed her.
According to reports, 40-year-old registered sex offender Gary Steiner ambushed Herron but didn’t quite know exactly what he was getting himself into. As it turns out, the jogger had just completed a self-defense class a few weeks prior that was offered through her employer.
Although it was Steiner’s goal to rip the woman’s shorts off and rape her, things never got that far as Herron gave the man the fight of his life – and a nice little beating as well. “I fought for my life screaming, ‘Not today, m*therf*cker,’” she recalled. The brave woman viciously clawed and dished out several blows to the rapist’s face.
“I learned to put your hard bones in soft fleshy places,” she explained. “So I just started beating the side of his head with the side of my hand.”
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
Fortunately, the bloodied victim was able to wiggle her way out of the thug’s grasp and emerged from the bathroom – but things were far from over. Rather than simply ensuring that she got away, Herron decided to lock the pervert in the bathroom and keep him there until police arrived.
As a result, Seiner has been charged with attempted rape and second-degree assault and is facing quite some time behind bars. Since he was already registered as a sex offender, the consequences for his vile actions are guaranteed to be even more severe. Police officers have also come forward to deem Steiner 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,” the charging document read.
Hopefully, this monster isn’t going to see the light of day as a free man for a very long time – which is exactly what he deserves. Let’s just hope that officials realize the prevalent danger to society that Steiner poses and decide to lock him up for the rest of his miserable life, seeing how he’s clearly unable to control himself.