Cambridge, MA – A single mother and former member of the Israeli military chased down and tackled a man who allegedly flashed her while she was out jogging last week.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on July 18, as the unnamed woman was running along Memorial Drive, WCVB reported.
“Enjoying my beautiful day. I was thinking, ‘What a great day to be alive,’” she recalled during an interview with the news outlet.
As she was jogging, she encountered a middle-aged man who was running in the opposite direction, heading towards her.
“He pulled his pants once, and, you know, I didn’t react too much,” she said. “As he came closer, he pulled them again. Then, I understood maybe it’s not what I think it is.”
As he passed by her, the man reached out and tried to grab her, she said.
“It was not his lucky day, because I decided that’s just not going to happen and I decided to chase him down,” the woman explained. “If I don’t chase him, he’s gonna scare some girl and get her all the way down. No.”
Surveillance footage showed the woman as she abruptly spun around and took off after the man who had allegedly flashed her.
She came up alongside him and appeared to reach for his wrists just as they walked out of the camera’s view.
The woman said she tackled the man to the ground and held him down for three to five minutes while she begged bystanders to help her.
No one came to her aid.
“With all due respect, people, what does it look like? Romantic conversation? I’m holding him down, yelling, ‘Call the police!’” she told WCVB. “People just choose to ignore.”
She ultimately decided to handle the situation on her own, and reached for her phone to call police.
But as she did so, she lost her grip on the suspect, who took off running as soon as he managed to get away from her.
The suspect was “terrified” and “really, really scared” to have encountered a victim who fought back, she said.
“I mean, I’m 6-[foot]-1[inch], pretty fit. It’s not a very good victim to go after,” she added.
When a reporter asked her if she had any second thoughts about chasing after the man, the woman didn’t hesitate before responding.
“Hell no!” she told WBTS. “I was not ready to see his little [expletive]. I’m not doing that. No. No. It’s not right…My choice is to do something about it.”
“Good for her,” one Massachusetts state trooper told WCVB. “I think she put the fear of God in the guy.”
Police have asked the public for help in identifying the alleged flasher, who remains on the run.
“I told him I’m going to get him, so, ‘I’m going to get you, darling,’” the woman said, according to WCVB.
You can see surveillance footage of the start of the incident below: