Attacker hits woman with palm fronds in Bankers Hill

He then jumps on her car hood as she runs away
Posted at 11:14 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 02:14:28-05

A man wielding an unusual weapon is still on the loose after a woman said he attacked her outside her Banker’s Hill apartment.

Pamela Covarrubias said she was walking out to her car with her dog, Thor, on Sunday around 9:30 p.m. near 4th and Hawthorne when a man approached them.

“He started kicking him and I was like, ‘woah, you can’t kick him, he was only barking at you,’” Covarrubias said. “He’s looking around, he looks at the branches, picks them up, and he starts swinging them at me.”

Covarrubias said the man hit her in the arms multiple times before picked up her dog, ran, and hid in her car.

“I started thinking, ‘What am I going to do to get away from this?’” she said. “He was on my hood, still screaming and saying stuff.”

She called her roommate, Kimberlee Kenyon, who then called 911, but by the time police arrived, the man was already gone.

“So I come running out of my room, already adrenaline pumping,” Kenyon said. “I told her in that moment, ‘you’re not walking alone with the dog anymore.’”

The roommates told 10News they love their neighborhood, but view what happened as a warning to their neighbors to be on alert.

“This is an amazing neighborhood I love it, and it’s unfortunate that these kinds of things are happening,” Covarrubias said. “I think this is a wake up call for everyone in the neighborhood to walk with someone else, tell someone where you’re going.”

“Right now we feel a little bit trapped in our home,” Kenyon said.