Broward County woman fends off attacker with umbrella

Posted at 6:58 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 06:58:12-04

The Broward County Sheriff's Office said a Deerfield Beach woman used her umbrella to fend off an attacker, striking him in a sensitive area.

On Friday, detectives released a sketch of a man wanted for battery and attempted kidnapping of a Deerfield Beach woman on Aug. 23.

The victim was walking in the 4000 block of Northwest First Place when she was approached by a man driving a dark, grey Nissan Altima with dark-tinted windows.

The attacker yelled from his vehicle for her to get into his car, but the victim refused and began to walk away.


However, the man started yelling obscenities at the victim and grabbed her by the arms and tried to force her into his car.

During the struggle, the kidnapper punched the victim several times in the face.

The sheriff's office said she also used her umbrella to strike the man forcefully in the groin. As a result, the man threw the victim to the ground and she was able to run to safety.

The attacker is described as a man in his 20s with a dark complexion and short, dark hair. He is about 5 feet 9 inches and weighs about 180 pounds.

Detectives said he may have a tattoo on his neck, possibly a snake or dragon. He wore a grey shirt and tan cargo shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Larry Heath at 954-321-4719. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at