Massachusetts jogger fights off would-be kidnapper in surveillance images



Man charged with kidnapping previously been convicted for rape

Massachusetts police say Gordon Lyon attacked a woman and tried to drag her into his car.

A female jogger in Massachusetts managed to fight off an attempted kidnapper who allegedly sexually assaulted her as he tried to drag the woman into his car early Sunday morning.

The frightening confrontation caught on a security camera shows a man identified as Gordon J. Lyons, 57, slowly pulling up his car to the 37-year-old woman while she jogged to the street.

In the footage, the man can be seen getting out of his car, approaching the woman and trying to grab her. The two then scuffled behind a tree, where he is reportedly going to the jogger before he is back into his car and speeding away.


The female jogger can be seen fighting off the attempted kidnapper, while on her morning jog.

(Bridgewater Police Dept.)

“I knew I had to do what I had to do to be in order,” the unidentified victim told the Enterprise News of Brockton. “I knew that I needed to defend myself and smart. I knew that I needed to do something.”

She added, “I kept thinking ‘what would Dad want me to do?'”

Bridgewater police say the jogger took a photo of his car after the terrifying twist. The researchers match the picture of the suspect’s license plate after he crashed his car about seven miles away from the scene.

On Wednesday, Bridgewater police revealed Lyons was convicted of rape in 1978. The details of the crime were not released.

Lyons pled not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

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