Originally created 05/26/05

Suntan oil helps woman slip away from attacker



FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - A woman who had slathered herself with suntan oil escaped an attacker in a park restroom in part because she was too slippery for him to grab, authorities said.

The woman, whose identity was not released, told authorities she had been jogging in Mile Square Regional Park on Sunday morning when another jogger began following her.

She ducked into a park restroom but when she emerged from a stall, he lunged from another stall and grabbed her arm, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said Tuesday.

"She had a large amount of suntan oil on, which made her very slippery and hard to grasp," Amormino said.

The woman struggled with the man and ran away.

"She was able to kick and scream and fight him off.... I think we have a very brave young woman out there," Amormino said.

Authorities were looking for the attacker, who fled, but the woman was not able to give police a detailed description.

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Park site: http://www.ocparks.com/milesquare/



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