Woman, 22, fends off attacker with handgun

Woman, 22, fends off attacker with handgun

OREGON CITY, Ore. – An man who police said grabbed a 22-year-old woman by her hair and assaulted her Sunday night got quite a surprise when she pulled out her handgun to defend herself.

Police said the suspect ran away when he saw the gun. The woman was not seriously hurt.

The attack happened near the intersection of JQ Adams Street and 8th Street in Oregon City at around 10:20 p.m., according to police. The woman had just parked her car when the suspect grabbed her by her hair from behind. Police said he dragged her down a sidewalk until she reached into her purse and pulled out her legally-owned gun.

"Everything that I've seen at this point, she seemed like she was very brave and she contacted the police and she took appropriate steps to protect herself," said Oregon City Police Sgt. Matthew Paschall.

Officers searched the area for the suspect, but couldn’t find him. Police described him as a white man in his late 20s who is about 5’8’’ tall with a slender build. He has medium-length hair down to his chin and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing a brown zip-up style jacket or hoodie and dark pants.

"I'm surprised that a stranger would do this to anyone," Paschall said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the attack is asked to call Oregon City Police at 503-496-1616.

KATU'S Ian Parker contributed to this story.