EDITOR’S NOTE: The victim of the attack reached out to WALB and said the incident happened after 12:30 p.m. and that the attack did not happen late at night as WALB previously reported.
ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Albany Police Department (APD) is looking for a suspect who “brutally attacked” a woman in East Albany, the department posted on its Facebook page.
The incident happened Thursday Nov. 7.
The victim was walking in the 100 block of School Street when she was jumped from behind.
The victim was severely cut on the back of her neck, according to APD.
APD said the suspect is known to frequent the convenience store in the 1800 block of East Broad Avenue. He possibly lives in some apartments near Leonard and School streets, according to police.
Police said the woman was able to fight him off and run away.
A resident who spoke with WALB spoke did not want to be identified but said the recent attacks of women make her feel uncomfortable.
“It’s like we don’t even have the security, it’s like no one is an advocate for us,” she said.
Someone who is advocating for women’s safety said it’s important that women train their minds to be alert.
WALB spoke with a self-defense trainer who said though each situation is different, your response could be the difference in life or death.
Graylon Brunson, the owner of Brunson Martial arts, said the woman in last week’s attack made the right response to save her life.
“She did the right thing by running,” said Brunson.
Brunson said being alert can change a situation.
“You’ve got to know your surroundings, you’ve got to know what’s going on, you’ve got to feel those vibes and your gut will tell you,” explained Brunson.
Brunson broke down the stance woman should become familiar with.
“This is a defensive mode. So if my hands are here, I’m not standing like this, this is the first thing they’ve got to make contact. When they do make contact, I teach to attack, I’m attacking the face, the nose, I’ll put my fingers in the eyes,” said Brunson.
Explaining how it works at all angles.
“Behind me, if they grab one arm they’ve got to immediately turn, and I can slap, I can do this if I feel threatened,” said Brunson.
Brunson said even bystanders need to act, recalling the murder of a woman in Albany after an assault.
“I’m just surprised that no one had seen that, so many people are wrapped up in wanting to video stuff and not intervene,” Brunson said.
Though Brunson said knowing what to do on your own makes a big difference, speaking up can also help.
“We as citizens in this town have to look out for one another,” said Brunson.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call (229) 431-2132.