RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
Some simple self-defense tips could help if you're ever in the situation where someone grabs you from behind.
Suppose you're on your usual run when suddenly, out of nowhere, a man who's been stalking your every move jumps out from a tree and grabs you from behind. Think fast! What are you going to do?
"One of the worst things we can do as a citizen anywhere is have the belief that it will never happen to me," said police training instructor Sgt. Hiram Rivera. "The most important thing you can do is be vocal and be loud.”
Sgt. Rivera says screaming not only gets people's attention, it keeps your airway open while you are fighting to get away
"You can take your foot either left or right and you can either strike me in my knee area or you can ram it at top of the foot,” said Rivera. He says this should injure the person enough to allow you to break his hands away. But what if you're being choked?
“You want to immediately grab up on the forearm here and keep them from choking you and closing off your airway,” added Rivera.
Then, you want to turn your body so it's perpendicular to your assailant.
"From here you will grab onto my forearms with a grip and what you are going to want to do is drop to your knees and by dropping to your knees, I lose balance and you end up pulling my arm forward,” said Sgt. Rivera.
At this point you should be able to escape, but there are ways you can try to prevent yourself from being in this situation altogether.
Experts also say to avoid distractions like iPods and cell phone, keep your head up if you are running or walking, and make eye contact with others.
"Most predators that are out and about, they are searching for an easy victim,” said Rivera.