Kelly Herron was marathon training in Golden Gardens Park when she stopped to use the public restroom.
“As I was drying my hands, I became aware that something was wrong,” Herron recalled to ABC News. When she turned around, she said she saw a man standing in the bathroom.
That man was a level 3 sex offender in Arizona and he was in the restroom to assault a woman.
“He immediately took me down to the ground, hit both my knees and legs and then it was a fight on the bathroom floor and I just kept screaming, ‘Not today m—–f—–,’ ” Herron alleged.
During the altercation, Kelly defended herself by using self-defense tactics that she had learned in a two-hour class just three weeks earlier.