WESTMINSTER, Colo. - The jogger attacked by the same teen who kidnapped and killed Jessica Ridgeway said she has been afraid to run on the treadmill in her own basement since she was attacked in May 2012.
On May 28, 2012, the then 22-year-old woman was jogging at Ketner Lake in Westminster when someone grabbed her from behind and tried put a chemical-laced rag over her mouth, police said.
The woman escaped and called 911, police said. Officers searched the area with a police dog, but were unable to find the attacker.
In October 2012 when Jessica Ridgeway was kidnapped and killed, police connected DNA found on the jogger with DNA found on Jessica Ridgeway. Within days of police making the connection, Austin Sigg confessed to killing Jessica and attacking the jogger.
The jogger, whose name is not being released publicly, was not in court Monday for Sigg's sentencing hearing but she did answer some questions for the court. Those answers were read during the hearing.
"I am much more reluctant to form new relationships," the woman said. "I do not trust newcomers. When passing people, I try to notice specific details about their appearance."
The young woman said she is frightened to run on the treadmill in her own basement. She says when she looks at her crawl space, she thinks about Jessica and how she could have had the same outcome.
"I often think of what would have happened," the jogger said.
She also thinks about Jessica and the Ridgeway family.
"I can’t imagine how much she suffered in her last days of life," the woman said. "I think about the life she was robbed of and all the experiences she won’t have."
The jogger said she is afraid to go back to the lake where she was attacked.
"The lake I played at as a child is no longer safe and it will take much more time before I can go back there alone," the jogger said. "It never occurred to me, prior to the crime, that there were vicious, malicious murderers among us."