Illustration by Jim Brown

[A] card-carrying concealed weapon holder … fired a single shot … in a successful effort to fend off the man during an attack outside a … bank Thursday afternoon.

“I honestly believe I would not be here today if I didn’t have a gun,” [she] said Friday. “I’m just glad I’m here today and not in the obituaries tomorrow.”

[She] trained with her boyfriend and obtained a permit to carry her gun after an attempted break-in at her home three years ago. At the time, she was a single mother of two teens.

She said the break-in attempt made her feel vulnerable to the whim of criminals. She didn’t like the feeling.
On Thursday, she said, her training took over in the parking lot of the [bank]. Police say a man confronted [her] as she left the bank and was about to get into her [vehicle].

In an attempt to at least steal her SUV and perhaps take her along, the man confronted [her] … a truck sales office manager, in the parking lot about 4:30 p.m. He tried to push her into her vehicle, police said.
“He was hitting me from behind, trying to force me into my vehicle,” [she] said.

[She] struck the man with her elbow, then was wrestled down across the front seat of the SUV. While lying on her back, with her assailant atop her, [she] arched her spine, opened the SUV console with her right hand and pulled out her firearm.

“I said, ‘I got a gun. Don’t make me use it,’ ” she recalled. “I think my heart was going 90 mph.” He ran off. [She] was not injured.

Meanwhile, Akron police officers found [the attacker] walking several blocks away.

Police say the suspect, who is homeless, admitted he wanted to take the woman’s car and return to California.

[The attacker] is a registered sex offender, according to court records. He was paroled from a state prison in May after serving nearly 18 months for a conviction … of gross sexual imposition against a woman.

[The attacker] was already wanted by police on escape charges. He is accused of walking away from a community-based correctional facility after parole for failing to register his address as a convicted sex offender. —Phil Trexler

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