Jogger Fought Off Sex Attacker, Fitness Tracker Recorded It

A Seattle woman fought off a random attacker hiding in a bathroom stall while she was out for a run in the park.

Kelly Herron, 36, had stopped to use a public restroom in Golden Gardens Park on March 5. She was washing her hands when her attacker grabbed her from behind, threw her on the ground and started punching her.

Despite the struggle, Herron was able to fend off Gary Steiner, a 40-year-old registered sex offender.

Herron's harrowing experience was unexpectedly mapped by her fitness tracker, which shows violently erratic red lines to depict her movements at the time.


The runner took to Instagram to share her story, where she wrote her "biggest nightmare became reality" on the day she was attacked.

She wrote,


Herron said Steiner repeatedly tried to turn her over onto her stomach.

She told Inside Edition,

Herron was eventually able to lock her attacker inside a bathroom stall until police arrived. She credited her ability to successfully fight back to a recent self-defense class she had taken.


She explained,

Clark County Sheriff's Office

According to The Huffington Post, Steiner has been charged with attempted rape and assault.

Herron remains a strong woman inside and out following the attack.

She said in an interview,

Herron told KIRO 7 she rejects the idea of being a victim. She said,

Citations: Woman Uses Self-Defense Techniques She Learned Weeks Earlier to Fight Off Sex Offender (Inside Edition), Kelly Herron, Seattle Jogger, Fights Off Attack And Attempted Rape In Public Washroom (The Huffington Post), Survivor of Golden Gardens attack shares her story (KIRO 7)