Man accused of attacking woman on TJ Meenach Bridge held on $100,000 bond
SPOKANE, Wash. — A woman managed to fight off an attacker on the TJ Meenach bridge shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The man accused of attacking her, 28-year-old Atif Ado, appeared in court Monday morning. A judge set his bond at $100,000. Ado also had a translator to translate the proceedings into Arabic.
Ado is accused of attacking that woman near the bridge and attempting to pull her into a secluded area where they couldn’t be seen.
According to court documents, that woman says a man yelled to her near the bridge that he needed help with his car. She said she could not assist him and kept walking. But, as she tried to take a shortcut home through some trees, the victim says her attacker grabbed her and pointed a bb gun at her head.
“In this particular instance, this guy had very realistic replica firearm in his pocket,” said Spokane Police Department Public Information Officer John O’Brien. “Who’s to know what is and what isn’t a real gun?”
Court documents say the victim struggled with her attacker as she tried to climb a hill to escape. As she called 911, the attacker pulled her back down the hill where she fought him off once again, this time getting out for good.
“I’m glad this woman was able to get away, fighting back and get away from that situation,” O’Brien said.
Police say if you are ever in a similar situation, do everything you can to escape.
“If a man is trying to pull a woman into a secluded place, fight back, raise attention to yourself. Get people to look at you and see that you’re not in a good situation and call 911,” said O’Brien.
But if you can’t get anyone else’s attention, even just dialing 911 could save your life.
“If you’re able to even call 911, hit the emergency button on your phone, you don’t have to be able to speak for us to be able to hear what’s going on and find a location where we can get to you,” said O’Brien.
Police also recommend looking at weapons like knives and mace, and deciding what, if any, you are comfortable carrying. They also say to always trust your instincts.
Ado is scheduled to make his next court appearance on July 3 at 9:30 a.m.
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