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Councilman to host free self defense class following Hardberger Park attack

Councilman Manny Palaez is hosting a free self defense class this Sunday, Sept. 17 after a woman was attacked at Hardberger Park this week.

Councilman Manny Palaez is hosting a free self defense class this Sunday, Sept. 17, after a woman was attacked at Hardberger Park this week.

Police said a woman was assaulted while jogging through Hardberger Park on the city's North Side on Tuesday morning.

According to officers at the scene, the woman was on a trail when she heard some noises she thought may have been a deer. Moments later, she told investigators a man jumped out behind her and pulled her into a wooded area, before sexually assaulting her. She told officers the man was wearing gloves. During the violent attack, the woman managed to bite the man and run away to an apartment complex across the street and call for help.

She told police he was behind her, so she never got a good description, except that he was wearing gloves and a gray sweatshirt.

The San Antonio Police Department has provided the following tips to remain safe while at a park.:

  • Go with a buddy. Enjoy your trails and parklands with a friend. Two or more trail users can assist each other in the event of accident or injury, and one can always seek help.
  • The day is your friend. It's better to avoid dusk and darkness.
  • Use all your senses. Listen for suspicious noises. Don't wear headphones; they impair your ability to hear someone approaching you from behind. If you sense that an area may be unsafe for you, leave.
  • Take what you need. Carry personal identification, a fully charged cellphone and wear your medical bracelets.
  • Leave valuables at home. If you must leave valuables in your vehicle while you are enjoying your picnic lunch or using the trails, hide them well before you arrive at the parking area; auto burglaries are all too common.
  • Call for help. If you need assistance or encounter someone else needing assistance in the district, call 911.
  • Have someone waiting. Always let someone else know where you will be going and when you will return, and instruct him or her to call 911 if you do not return as planned.
  • Attire. Don’t wear any expensive jewelry.
  • Tools. If you feel comfortable carrying pepper spray, that can also be a tool of defense. Make sure you do research prior to purchasing.
  • Own the trail. Project alertness, confidence, and determination. Your shoulders are back.

The seminar will be held on Sunday at Hardberger Park's Ecology Center at 1 p.m.


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