Anchorage woman fights off attacker

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman taking pictures in an Anchorage park fought off an attacker by hitting him in the head with her camera, police said.

The 20-year-old woman moved to Anchorage in January and was taking photos at about 6 p.m. Thursday in Kincaid Park. As she focused her camera, she heard footsteps and saw a man behind her.

The woman told police the man held a sharp object at her side and told her to turn around and not scream. When the woman figured out that the man had a sharp stick and not a knife, she began to fight.

Police said the man tried to tear the woman's shirt off, punched her in the face several times and grabbed her by the neck and choked her.

The woman was able to grab her camera by the strap, swing it around and hit the man in the head. The blow allowed her to break free and reach her car.

Police said they're looking for a dark-skinned Native or Hispanic man in his mid-40s, about 185 pounds with yellow teeth. He was wearing a black, ragged jacket, old blue jeans and a dark green ski mask.

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