Woman fights off attacker near bike path in Eugene

Police say the man repeatedly punched the woman in the head and face after throwing her to the ground.

Posted: Feb. 7, 2019 10:31 AM
Updated: Feb. 7, 2019 5:43 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly attacked a woman near Mountain View Street Wednesday night in Eugene.

Police said a 26-year-old woman was walking her dog on the bike path that parallels Interstate 5. When she turned off the bike path toward Mountain View Street, she saw a man walk past her east toward the bike path.

Police said after the man passed her, he grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground and punched her repeatedly in the head and face. They said the woman tried to call for help, and the man tried to muffle her voice with his hand.

She was then able to escape and attempted to run to a safe location before she was again thrown to the ground and punched repeatedly in the head and face. The woman continued to fight back, and the man ran off. The woman ran to a residence on the 700 block of Mountain View Street.

Eugene police and a Springfield K-9 responded to the incident at approximately 9:52 p.m. and were unable to locate the suspect. He is described as a white man between the ages of 25 and 35, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium to heavy build. He was wearing black clothing and a hood.

If anyone has information about the suspect, call the non-emergency line at 541-682-5111.

GENERAL PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS
• Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
• Do not get into someone’s car even if they display a weapon. It is better to fight back in the street where help is closer at hand and other people may hear your calls for help.
• Walk confidently and don’t avoid eye contact.
• Don’t let strangers into your ‘space.’ Keep plenty of distance between yourself and people you don’t wish to approach you.
• Don’t stop to talk with strangers asking for directions or other types of help as this can be a ploy to get close for an attack.
• If you feel you are in danger or being followed, call 9-1-1.
• If grabbed, fight back and make as much noise as possible.
• Use the buddy system when walking after dark or in ‘fringe’ areas, which are places there are fewer people traveling, allowing them a chance to victimize you without chancing witnesses. You should know the person you are walking with well enough to trust them.
• Walk in lighted areas as much as possible and don’t walk too close to bushes, alleyways or other places where attackers can conceal themselves.

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