Man tried to abduct woman in Overland Park, police say - KCTV5

Man tried to abduct woman in Overland Park, police say

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A man tried to abduct a woman Friday morning, Overland Park police said.  It happened about 7:15 a.m. in the 10500 block of Barkely Street. (KCTV5) A man tried to abduct a woman Friday morning, Overland Park police said. It happened about 7:15 a.m. in the 10500 block of Barkely Street. (KCTV5)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A woman escaped an attempted abduction in Overland Park Friday morning.

Fortunately, she was able to fight him off using Mace. Her quick actions ultimately what kept her safe.

"Something like that is very, very scary, but at the same time we're just happy she fought off the attacker,” Officer John Lacy said.

The bold attack happened about 7 a.m. in the 10500 block of Barkely Street.

A woman in her mid-40s was walking into work, nearing the front door, when a man attacked her. An onlooker called 911.

"During the attack, she was able to fight off the suspect, but at the same time she also used her Mace against him,” Lacy said.

The victim accidentally Maced herself during the attack, which police say can easily happen in a tense situation. 

"If the downwind is coming towards you, you can Mace yourself, but we're just happy she was able to get it deployed to fight off her attacker,” Lacy said.

Police say the attack is seemingly random.

Self defense expert Jill Leiker, with the Ali Kemp Foundation, said the woman did everything right when she Maced her attacker.

"If you're gone use it, it has got to be in your hand,” Leiker said. "The important thing to understand is that bad situations happen to everybody. This could happen to them."

Leiker said the simplest way to stay safe is have a plan and practice it.

"If it happened to you what would you do? Because unfortunately most people would just freeze,” she said.

Sensitive areas in a fight are the eyes, throat and groin.

Whatever your weapon, Leiker says you should get training.

"We spend our time educating ourselves about a million things throughout the day, we've got to take some time for our self,” she said.

Leiker stressed the important of being alert, no matter where you are, adding an attacker will watch or make contact with someone anywhere from 6-12 times before going after them.

The suspect was described as a very tall, skinny white male wearing a black or dark blue hoodie with a logo on the front pocket and dark-color pants.

Police say an older white Buick was seen in the area this week. They're asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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