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While walking her puppy, a Lincoln woman chased off an attacker with pepper spray, police say.
Officials say the woman was walking her dog at her apartment near 68th and Francis when she was attacked from behind.
According to Sergeant Steve Wiese, just after 12:15 a.m. Friday, the woman called to report the attack.
Wiese said the woman had greeted the stranger who was nearby and after turning her back on the man, a short time later, she said he came up behind her and put his hand over her mouth and pulled her toward him.
Wiese said the woman sprayed pepper spray over her shoulder and into his face before he ran off.
"It was a prompt and excellent reaction by the victim," said Officer Katie Flood of the Lincoln Police Department.
Police say they don't know his intentions- but officer Flood said the victim's smart reaction saved her from further harm.
"I think she definitely avoided a far worse outcome," she said.
It's a wake-up call for young women. Be ready. But Flood said she hesitates to recommend pepper spray because even those who have the right tools don't always have them in the right place.
"It's dangling from their keychain or its relegated to the the bottom of the bag so that by the time you're able to get your hands on it it's not effective anymore. And even so even if you have it in your hand, it has to be sprayed in the right way so that you yourself aren't victimized by that," she said.
The woman then ran inside and called 911.
Flood said this young woman serves as an example for others.
"Do what she did. Be aware of your surroundings, have a plan of action in mind, also try to stay in well lit areas," she said.
The suspect is described as being a tall and skinny black man, about 6' tall. He is thought to be between 20-30 years old. He was last seen running south from the area and was wearing an orange or red hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
Anyone with details about this assault is asked to call Lincoln Crimestoppers at 402-475-3600.