MASON, OH (FOX19) - A woman was attacked while jogging through Mason early Monday, and a search is underway for the suspect, police announced.
Officers responded to an assault reported in the 4600 block of Hickory Woods Drive about 6:42 a.m.
"A female had been out jogging when a male came up and attacked her from behind," police wrote in a statement Monday afternoon.
The woman fought off the attacker and fled to a safe location.
"I saw my life flash in front of me," she told FOX19 NOW in an interview Monday.
"And I was just thinking about my daughters and I was thinking about my husband. I was just going to make sure I was going to fight and do everything I could to not be a victim," the woman said.
She said Monday morning seemed like the perfect time for a run.
But about a mile from her home, she said she noticed the suspect behind her. She said she got a funny feeling.
Before she knew it, she said he was on the attack.
"He grabbed me... one hand around my neck and one hand over my face. And he said, 'be quiet, be quiet.' I just yelled as much as I could. I was trying to grab his hands off my face, and I just yelled, 'get off of me' and 'help,'" the jogger said.
She said her attacker was about 5'9 and wore gloves and black pants.
She did not get a good look at his face.
"He was a very normal medium build, but he did have a black hoodie on and a mask over his face. I didn't get a chance to get any facial features of him, but it's 50 degrees and no reason anybody should be wearing a ski mask," she said.
Police and K-9 officers conducted a search of the area but did not locate the suspect.
Mason police are urging anyone with information to contact them: 513-229-8560.