Teenager Says Man Grabbed Her, Pulled Her Into Alley


A teenager said that she was attacked while walking home from school in south Columbus.

Selena Watkins said that she was walking home from an after school program near Frebis and Parsons avenues on Monday afternoon when a man came up to her.

“He had a ski mask and some gloves, so I really didn’t see what he looked like,” Watkins said. “And this guy snatched me up and he grabbed me by my hair and my neck.”

Watkins said that the man dragged her through a parking lot on Frebis Avenue, behind a fence and into an alley. She said she knew she had to do something to save herself.

“He dropped me on my knee at first, then I got back up,” Watkins said. “He tried to grab me again, and I kicked him and then I ran.”

Watkins said that she then sat down and cried, and a Good Samaritan came up and called her parents, who then called police.

“We don’t know who this guy is. It’s dangerous. He needs to be caught,” said Jewell Hale, Watkins’ father.

Hale said that he was thankful his daughter was physically OK, other than some bruising.

“If she didn’t know what she knew how to actually defend herself, we probably wouldn’t have her today,” Hale said.

Columbus police were working to see if any security cameras captured the incident.

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