“Stranger danger” is a phrase 10-year-old Aireyana suggests kids scream when encountering an attacker.
She should know. She and her 7-year-old sister Ember were playing near their home in Olympia, Washington Sunday afternoon when they were grabbed by someone in the bushes.
Aireyana, who had been riding bikes with her sister, was trying to fix her chain at the top of a hill when Ember ran after a neighborhood cat. As she entered an area with heavy foliage, a man grabbed Ember by the arm.
“I kind of backed out and looked and then someone grabbed, and was holding me,” Ember recalls.
Aireyana, looking on, remained calm, while Ember kicked and screamed at the man. Ember was able to break away and she ran for home. That’s when the man grabbed Aireyana.
“He grabbed me by my tights and pulled me off my bike,” said Aireyana.
She says she also screamed and was able to fight her way free.
“They ran around this corner and said he ran away, right there,” said their father, Robbie Medina. He called 911 after searching for the man who had disappeared only 30 seconds after the incident.
The girls description of the man was reported by Seattle’s Q13 Fox:
Olympia police say the suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, about 5-foot-10 with a muscular build and dark hair. He wore a red sleeveless T-shirt and blue jeans with black and white tennis shoes. He had a goatee and a tattoo on his upper left shoulder.
The girls say their dad taught them their fighting skills and they credit him for their successful escape. Medina agrees, saying he’s instructed them to kick “anywhere” they can.
While the neighborhood is understandably on edge, police continue to investigate. Medina says the girls are no longer allowed outside without adult supervision.
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