Runner fights off attacker after being grabbed from behind and dragged into alley, Denver police say

DENVER - A woman running in Denver Sunday evening was grabbed from behind and dragged into an alley. Police say she was able to fight her attacker and escape.

Police say the woman was running east on East Ohio Avenue when she was attacked. A man covered her mouth and dragged her into the alley between Corona and Ogden streets.

The woman was armed with pepper spray, used it on the attacker and ran to a nearby home for help.

"A young lady pounded on our front door," said Brad Emerick, a resident who helped the woman. "She was very distraught, very, very upset."

She ran to a Emerick's home to call 911 and the attacker ran away. Emerick said the woman had fought off her attacker.

"We have a low fence in our back yard, so she jumped over it and made her way through the backyard here," said Emerick.

"We gave her a bag of ice. She had kind of a bruise mark on her face," he said. "She said this is her regular route she runs all the time and I wondered if he had been watching for her."

Police describe the suspect as a man who is about 5-foot-5-inches tall. He was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and may have also worn a dark skullcap. The man's race is not known.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Callers can remain anonymous and call at any time.

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