HERO: Armed Jogger Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

HERO: Armed Jogger Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

It was 5:30 in the morning on a dark trail in Austin, Texas when 22-year-old Richard McEachern  selected his prey.

Sneaking up on a jogger, McEachern seized her from behind in a bear hug and began dragging her away, his hand over her mouth. He removed the victim's shoes and shorts — and began to sexually assault her.

Somehow, the victim managed to begin screaming for help. Another jogger nearby heard her cries for help and took action.

From The Blaze:

Josh Williams has been licensed to carry a gun for about 10 years and takes his Glock 43 almost everywhere he goes, KVUE-TV reported.

But on the morning of Sept. 15, Williams almost didn’t take the gun along for his weekly run on the Hike-and-Bike Trail in Austin, Texas — but a voice inside him said he might need it, the station said.

Did he ever.

It was about 5:30 a.m. and still dark when Williams heard a woman’s screams on the trail over his earbuds, KVUE reported.

So he took out his earbuds and pointed his flashlight in the direction of the screaming — and quickly realized a woman was being sexually assaulted, the station said.

“I came up, pulled my gun and told him to get off of her,” Williams told KVUE, adding that he ordered the man to get on his knees and show his hands.

“That way I knew he didn’t have a weapon. And at that point he was no threat, so I didn’t feel the need to shoot him.”

While the man ran off, Williams took the victim to safety and waited with her until police arrived, the station reported.

The woman thanked Williams repeatedly, and he added to KVUE in the story that ran last Thursday that they’ve stayed in touch since the incident two months ago. Williams, as you might imagine, is glad he was carrying.

While the left fixates on instances of guns being used to harm innocent people, they ignore countless other ones just like this one, where a gun was used to save lives.

After being stopped by Williams, McEachern fled the scene, taking his victim's shoes and shorts as his prize. As he ran off, nearby witnesses described his demeanor:

You don't get to pick when these animals attack. You only get to pick how you react.

You don't get to pick when these animals attack. You only get to pick how you react.

“He was kind of skipping along. He had what I thought was a smirk on his face. He looked like he was running away from somebody, but my thought at the time was kind of a friendly game of running away from somebody. That look is in my head. I can see his eyes, you know we made eye contact that kind of creepy smirk.”
— Colin Bell, jogger and witness

McEachern was eventually identified by a combination of witness statements and surveillance footage. He was arrested by police days later and remains in Travis County Jail.

Although McEachern faces charges of sexual assault, had it not been for Josh Williams exercising his Second Amendment rights, those charges could've included murder.

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