SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — Brittney Black noticed her attacker for only a brief second in time, however his face is without end etched in her thoughts.
“Every night as soon as I try to go to sleep it plays in my head over and over, just him looking at me,” she stated.
She’s relived the second she was attacked round 12:17 p.m. exterior of the Walmart at 1868 Warrensville Center Road on June 7.
Her attacker has not been caught.
“He’s still out there,” she stated. “Is he watching someone else?”
Black stated it began as a fast errand run to seize some meals to grill and swimsuits for her children.
“It was hot that day,” she stated. “I went to Walmart. I went in. I had a list and I made sure I had everything I needed to get.”
When she left the shop, she observed a person close to her automotive. He walked previous her a few instances whereas she was loading her trunk and she or he stated when she unlocked her automotive he appeared immediately at her. She thought perhaps he was going to attempt to steal her automotive so she locked it.
“That’s when he just lunged at me. He was grabbing at my neck and shirt. He just kept tugging, kept tugging and I’m swinging and swinging,” stated Black.
Black put up a battle. She stated she solely had one factor on her thoughts: her youngsters.
“This man cannot do this to me. I have to get home,” stated Black. “I’m just thinking like ‘oh my god this cannot be it. This cannot be over.’”
She stated it felt like a lifetime of preventing for her life.
“I didn’t know if he was going to pull out a gun, a weapon, anything,” she stated. “I swung again and I got him one good time and I just watched him run.”
The suspect ran and, in accordance to South Euclid Police, left in a white van described as a Chevy E-350 van with a tow hitch and padlock on the rear doorways, the discharge stated. The car additionally has harm to the rear driver-side wheel effectively and an offset entrance license plate.
The suspect stopped attacking Black after her necklaces popped off. Joe Di Lillo with South Euclid Police Department stated after watching surveillance footage, it’s clear, he focused Black.
“He’d been watching her and at the moment she was most vulnerable, which is when she was loading her groceries in her vehicle is when the suspect attacked the woman,” he stated.
Black stated she desires everybody to have their guard up.
“Women, particularly, be aware of your surroundings pay attention, you have to. I don’t care if it’s broad daylight, it was broad daylight when this happened to me,” she stated.
Di Lillo stated Black did what she ought to’ve carried out: fought again.
“I think she acted properly. I think in that situation, you don’t want to go quietly. You want to make a lot of noise,” he stated.
But he echoed Black’s warning, everybody ought to concentrate on their environment.
“Set the phone down, be aware of what’s going on around you, monitor your environment, monitor your surroundings. It is so very important to make sure that you can get to your vehicle safe,” he stated.
The suspect bought away with solely one of many two necklaces Black was carrying.
“My Mother Mary necklace, it’s the symbol of protection,” stated Black, describing the necklace that was discovered. “It was sitting right on the driver’s side on the ground face up and I said ‘wow, it’s my necklace.’”
A reminder that her suspect could have damaged the necklace, however didn’t break her spirit.
“It could have been a lot worse but I guess Mother Mary had my back that day,” she stated.
If you realize something concerning the assault, name the South Euclid Police Department.