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Woman claims she pepper sprayed a man trying to abduct her

Posted: 9:51 AM, Oct 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-14 19:00:33-04
Woman claims she used pepper spray on attacker

A woman is recovering after she fought off a man who tried to kidnap her.

It happened as she was walking from her car to her job at 105th & Barkley around 7:15 a.m. 

She told police the man came out of nowhere and grabbed her. She maced him, but ended up macing herself, too. She fell and broke her lip open.

The man ran west toward Metcalf Ave. 

The woman said she didn't recognize her attacker at all. That's what worries Overland Park police because it was so random.

But she did exactly what she was supposed to do, and it saved her life.

"I'm glad she fought back, which I also told my daughter to do. If anyone tries to grab you, abduct you, fight back," Officer John Lacy said. "You do not want to go with the abductor. And she did that, and I commend her."

Lacy said they got calls about a suspicious white Buick driving around the area last week, but can't connect the two instances yet.

Peggy Kaus is one of many office workers re-evaluating their personal safety. 

“I emailed my husband and said buy me some mace,” Klaus said.

Nancy Green told 41 Action News the building’s management sent out an e-mail notifying their tenants about the attempted abduction. 

“A few people have said that they have seen this person before in the parking lot and had seen him try to jiggle handles on the cars,” Green said.

Anyone with information should contact the Overland Park Police Department 913-895-6300 or 816-474-TIPS.

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