A 4’11”, 105-pound woman who was followed home by an attacker avoided being a victim in a very simple way – she drew her handgun and shot the scumbag.
…she had stopped at Mobil on the Run, 1050 S. Willow St., at about 11:30 p.m., after leaving work. She told police she was on South Willow Street at a stoplight when she noticed a dark colored sedan behind her. She said it caused her heightened concern when it followed her into her apartment complex parking lot, so she parked as close to her building as possible.
She said the following vehicle parked close to hers and as she got out of her vehicle and headed for the building, she heard a car door close and a person walking quickly behind her.
She turned and saw a white male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, who then ran past her and blocked her path. She told police he was approximately 5’11” tall and around 200 pounds.
He then made the mistake of reaching out to attack his “victim”. Fearing for her safety, she drew her concealed handgun and fired, striking him in the upper chest before retreating to the safety of her apartment and calling 911.
“As soon as he went to grab me with his left hand, I pulled (the gun) out and shot him. I didn’t even think about it. I thought my safety was in danger,” said the woman, who asked that her name or image not be publicized.
“I’m not happy about what happened. I wish I didn’t have to do it, but my safety was my first priority.”
The wounded man, identified by police as Michael Bontaites, was transported by an accomplice to a local hospital where he was arrested.
The accomplice was also arrested for being a felon in possession of a weapon.