'I think they knew they messed with the wrong girl'

'I think they knew they messed with the wrong girl' »Play Video
Priscilla Dang demonstrates how she says one of the teens came at her in a threatening manner.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Vancouver woman said she used her martial art skills to defend herself after she says she was groped by one stranger and verbally harassed by another last week.

Priscilla Dang was out for a run in her own neighborhood when she says the incident happened on Padden Parkway between 94th and Andresen Road last Friday.

Two teens came up to her on their bikes.

"One went in front and made eye contact with me like a smirk, like I thought he was saying 'hi.' The next thing I knew I was pretty much groped on my bottom behind left side," Dang said.

She fought back and defended herself using her training in martial arts that she's been studying for 18 years. She's been mastering the skills of Kung Fu from her older brother. The family owns Summit Wushu Academy in Clackamas that teaches Chinese martial arts.

"So I grabbed him and said, 'You need to apologize, and he did,'" Dang said.

But it escalated when she says the second teen started swearing at her.

"It just made something snap in me – it's not OK. It's so disrespectful," Dang said.

That's when her Kung Fu background really kicked in as she punched him twice in the face.

"He started coming in for a few, and I was lucky enough to dodge his shots. I came up for another one and I got him good, and I think that upset him," she said.

After the second hit, Dang said the teen pulled out a four-inch blade.

"That was when my instinct came in to back off – don't get so close because he might grab me," she said.

Two people saw the confrontation and called 911. Dang wasn't hurt but thinks the teens definitely got the message.

"I think they knew they messed with the wrong girl," she said.

The suspects are 18 and 16 years old. The 16-year-old was released to his parents, and the 18-year-old, Josiah Sullivan, was arrested.

Investigators say they never found a knife. And they say in situations like this one they recommend people avoid confrontations.