GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (FOX 11) – A woman in Garden Grove told police that she was able to fight off her alleged attempted kidnapper by using pepper spray that she kept in her purse.
The 21-year-old woman reported that around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, she was walking in the area of Bixby Avenue and Brookhurst Street when she noticed a minivan driving slowly behind her. She told authorities that she felt the vehicle was following her and that a man exited the vehicle and began walking behind her. Feeling uneasy by the situation, the woman preemptively grabbed a hold of the pepper spray she kept in her purse.
[Trust your instincts. If something seems wrong, it probably is. Prepare yourself at that point.]
A short time later, the man allegedly grabbed the woman by her arms, pulling her towards the van. Garden Grove Police said that another suspect had the rear door of the van open, ready to pull her into the vehicle. The woman was able to use her pepper spray on the initial suspect, who released her and fled in the van.
[Imagine the horror this brave, young woman would have faced if she had not been ready. These sort of things never happen when the police are nearby for obvious reasons.]
Garden Grove Police believe that the three suspects, including the driver, fled eastbound on Bixby Avenue towards Brookhurst Street in the silver or light green colored van.