This would-be kidnapper crapped out – when his victim reportedly smeared her dog’s poop on his face after he assaulted her.
Michael James Ward, 47, allegedly attacked the 30-year-old Tennessee woman while she was walking her dog about 1:40 p.m. Aug. 22 along a trail in the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area in Knoxville, WBIR reported.
Police said the homeless man tried to drag her into the woods after punching her multiple times, leaving her with serious injuries to her head and face.
But the woman fought back with the only available weapon she had – a bag of her dog’s feces, which she smeared into his face as he brandished a knife, according to the news outlet.
“(The victim) said she began screaming and kicking the suspect and took her cellphone out of her pocket to call 911,” according to a police report cited by WBIR.
“(The victim) said that the suspect then grabbed her cellphone and fled into the woods toward the river. (The victim) said she then ran down the trail and used another walker’s phone to call the police,” it added.
Ward apparently escaped in a nearby boat.
“We did locate the suspect’s shoes and a towel in a small clearing that the suspect had cut in the woods, which CrimeLab confiscated,” the report said.
A police dog lost the malodorous suspect’s track near the river, the outlet reported.
But a man recognized the alleged attacker from social media bulletins and detained him at a convenience store two days later until police arrived, WATE reported.
Ward was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.
The victim has been treated for her injuries.