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Lake Elsinore girl fights off freaky-looking attacker with her spiked running shoe

A composite sketch of the Lake Elsinore attacker
A composite sketch of the Lake Elsinore attacker
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

A 15-year-old girl in Lake Elsinore was attacked by a bald, pierced man with neck tattoos and a long goatee Wednesday, but managed to repel him by using her spiky track shoe as a weapon, the North County Times reports.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the student at Lakeside High School was walking home from school when the goateed stranger pulled up in a blue Honda Accord and asked if she wanted a ride.

“The victim ignored the suspect and walked past the Honda,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement. “A few moments later, the suspect approached the victim from behind and grabbed her with both hands.”

That’s when the teen put those running shoes to even better use than running -- smacking him with one of them until he let go and fled in his car. The girl ran home and called police, who worked with her to develop a composite sketch of the assailant.

He is described as a white man between 25 and 30 years old, about 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, with a shaved head, “numerous tattoos around the front of his neck,” and piercings on his upper right lip and right eyebrow. He wore a dark T-shirt at the time of the attack.

It is hoped that with a description like that he won’t be too hard to find. Residents of the area who think they may know this man are asked to call the Lake Elsinore Police Department.