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My excessive energy, extreme narcissism, and intense love of neon-colored spandex is both managed and fueled by my addiction to fitness. I push myself to extremes and I push other people's buttons. Obviously I needed my own blog.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stay Vigilant

On Wednesday, May 13, I was attacked on my walk back from run group. It was 9:15 PM on a well lit street, less than 2 blocks from my apartment. My attacker got out of a car, sneaked up behind me, jumped on my back, and started to choke me with one arm while grabbing at me with the other. He stole my phone, credit cards, and driver's license and left me with scrapes, bruises, and a sweet case of PTSD.

This was the most terrifying experience of my life. I didn't know if he was trying to kill me or if he had a weapon. He never said a word. If he just wanted my phone and had demanded it, I would have handed it over. No phone is worth my life. I was able to fight him off and I chased after him with some eyewitnesses, but he made it to the waiting car and took off. This is an active investigation and I have been able to identify my attacker in gas station surveillance footage.

I know that this is not my fault but I wish I had trusted my instincts when I saw the car of teenagers cut me off. They didn't look like they lived in my neighborhood and they cut off a pedestrian, which is a faux pas in this area.

I want to share some things that I did that I think saved my life.

I made myself the center of attention. The minute I felt that bastard's hands on me, I started screaming, "Help! He's attacking me!"

I left no doubt about what was happening. Eyewitnesses said it looked like a friend or boyfriend was coming up to give me a hug from behind. But when I started screaming, "He's attacking me!", it became clear that this was no friendly joke. Many people ran towards us, which made him run away. I continued to scream, saying, "Help! That man attacked me!" as I chased him down the street.

I had over 10 eyewitnesses. I'm not sure if this saved my life, but it really helped with the police report. Neighbors sitting on their porches were able to identify the make and model of the car even though they didn't see me get attacked around the corner.

It's been just over a week and I'm still terrified. I spend most of my time in my apartment with my alarm on. I did make it to Regionals this weekend, but I ended up witnessing a robbery so that hasn't helped restore my faith in people.

Finally got a shower 3 hours later
I was wearing a sweatshirt and the beast that attacked me was able to scrape me up this badly.
Three days later, I was forced to carry my arm around because it hurt so badly

He attacked me from just below my sports bra to below my running shorts waist band
My side was pretty scraped up and my arm was badly bruised. I was furious that this criminal not only robbed me of my phone, but robbed me of my ability to work out for days. I'm happy to report that I was back at CrossFit on Tuesday for a team workout with my friend Ron.

Ron and I are both Long Islanders who used to go to CrossFit Hell's Kitchen
I cannot thank the residents of Virginia Highland enough for coming to my rescue and supporting me when I was scared, bleeding, and crying on the side of the road. I live in a great community and it's unfortunate that these thugs feel entitled to come to our home and hurt us. There have been several muggings and one attempted rape in the area recently. Get on Next Door to stay notified about what's happening in your area.

I am extremely blessed that I was able to walk away from this experience alive with no permanent injuries. Please stay vigilant, wherever you call home.


  1. WTF ?!?! I have to admit Alessandra, I also have no faith in society.

    But you did a WONDERFUL job handling the situation.You are made of tough stuff and have excellent instincts, and those are things that will always serve you well.

  2. Thank you Todd. I appreciate you reaching out. Please share my tips with friends and family. This could happen to any of us at any time.

    I saw my Rock the Ridge photos on my TimeHop app this month. Definitely plan to do that run again some day in the near future!

  3. Absolutely, and you know how much I'd look forward to seeing you back at Rock The Ridge.
    By the way, we had 339 registered for RTR this year, compared to 221 when you did it in 2013 - a 50% growth rate over those two years. People are beginning to realize that they CAN do amazing things if they just put their minds to it. You are proof of that. :)


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