Woman Tasered outside Safeway

March 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
There is a warning for women in Morgan Hill to be on alert. Police are looking for a man who's already targeted two women at two separate Safeway parking lots. Investigators say he used a Taser on one of the victims. Police released a composite sketch of the attacker who they worry will strike again.

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"As I was walking to my car I felt something wasn't right," said one of the victims.

She has asked ABC7 to remain anonymous, but was willing to tell her story. Just four days ago, she ran for her life. The victim was walking to her car at around 11 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot on East Dunne Avenue in Morgan Hill, when she realized a man was chasing after her.

"I just threw myself in the car. I could just see his shadow overtaking the car and he was running. And I just slammed on the locks with my fist and right after I did that, he grabbed onto the handle and he was trying to get in. And I sped away," said the victim.

But 25 minutes later, the same man managed to get into the unlocked car of a woman parked at the Safeway on Tennant Station. Police say he hit her repeatedly in the head before Tasing her twice with a stun gun.

Luckily, a man parked nearby came to help. When he heard her screaming for help, he drove up next to her vehicle and shined his lights in the car which startled the suspect and caused him to leave.

Police have no idea what the suspect's ultimate objective was. He is believed to be in his 20s, about 5'10" tall and weighs 200 pounds.

Police notified other agencies and haven't heard of any similar stories, but they fear the suspect will strike again, which is why they want women to be on alert.

Grocery stores like Safeway do offer to escort customers to their cars. Police say people who shop at night should think about accepting those offers.

"I feel incredibly blessed to have this strong intuitive sense to hurry up and get out of there and to lock the doors because I know I don't always do that," said the victim.

She has a strong intuition that police say likely spared her from a lot of harm.

Anyone with information regarding either of the two incidents is encouraged to contact Morgan Hill Police at 408-779-2101.

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