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Woman fends off attacker who tried to pull her into car, assault her while she was jogging


Video released by the Bridgewater Police Department shows a 57-year-old man’s alleged sexual assault on a woman jogging Sunday morning.

The video was captured by a camera located at a nearby business, according to police.

A review of the video shows a woman jogging on Pleasant Street around 7:35 a.m. A vehicle pulls over and a man jumps out. The video shows the man accost the woman.

The suspect tried to pull the woman toward his car, police said.

Police say Gordon J. Lyons, 57, of Bridgewater is the man who pulled over and sexually assaulted the 37-year-old woman.

The video shows another driver pull over after witnessing the alleged attack.

Lyons is now facing kidnapping, indecent assault and battery and assault and battery charges in connection with the alleged attack.

The jogger screamed and fought with Lyons. He eventually ran off, but the woman was able to take a picture of his Hyundia Sante Fe, police said.

In a news conference posted on Boston 25 News, Bridgewater Police Chief Christopher D. Delmonte said the woman had been running for a few miles, but still had the ability to fight back and take the picture showing the partial license plate.

“This is anything but a victim. This young woman was very courageous,” the chief said. “She fought back. She wasn’t going to be a victim in this case.”

The motorist who stopped followed Lyons’ vehicle and called 911.

Police found Lyons after he crashed in West Bridgewater on Route 24 a short time after the alleged attack. He was injured in the crash and taken to a local hospital.

Lyons was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He remains in the custody of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department.

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