"Good Samaritan" scares off jogger's attacker

"Good Samaritan" scares off jogger's attacker

A man described by police as a "good Samaritan" scared off an attacker trying to drag a 43-year-old Beaumont woman into some bushes after ambushing her during her morning jog on Jan. 16, police report. The jogger suffered some emotional trauma and minor injuries, Beaumont Police Department Sgt. Rob Flores said, but things could have been a lot worse, even deadly, if not for the good Samaritan's actions and the woman's defensive plan of action.

According to a news release from BPD, the woman was jogging along the 4900 block of Delaware Street in Beaumont at about 4:30 a.m. when she was accosted from behind by an unknown assailant. The man, described as a black male, about 5-foot-8, with an average build and complexion wearing a dark-colored leather-type jacket, grabbed the jogger from behind and attempted to drag her into some nearby shrubbery. The woman, an avid jogger mentally prepared for emergencies, "immediately instituted her plan of action" in case of assault, Flores said, ferociously fighting off her attacker in an extended struggle during which she may have bitten one of the assailant's fingers. A passerby saw movement alongside the roadway and stopped to assist. When he sprung from his vehicle, the attacker fled east on Delaware.

Detectives tracked down the good Samaritan, who they say wishes to remain anonymous, and questioned him about the event, hoping he had seen the assailant or could provide some information that might lead investigators to a suspect. Sgt. Flores said the man did what others may not have when he stopped to assist the victim of the attack. He said just by stopping, it seems the man scared away the attacker.

"In this case, he just got out of his car to see what was going on," Flores said, adding that witnesses to crimes such as these need not put themselves in danger in order to help. "Honk your horn. Draw attention. That may be what it takes to get that person to run away."

Plan to help if you see the need, and always call police as soon as possible in such situations, he said.

Sgt. Flores commended the good Samaritan for his actions and the jogger for having a plan of action in mind. He said it is imperative to think of possible scenarios and how to react in case of emergency during activities, such as early morning jogging.

"You need to think of a plan," Flores said. "She (the jogger) had a plan. She immediately started to fight."

Pepper spray, mace or a whistle may be a good idea as accessories when jogging alone, Flores agreed, and have a cell phone handy to call for help.

Detectives are asking neighborhood homeowners who may have a home surveillance system to review their video. If while reviewing their video, homeowners observe any suspicious persons matching the suspect’s description, they are asked to contact detectives at (409) 880-3840.

If anyone else has information that may help detectives identify the man who committed this assault, please contact detectives at (409) 880-3840. You may also leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS.  The information could help get a dangerous felon off the streets and earn callers a cash reward of up to $1,000.