A Massachusetts mother says she will head to court Tuesday to face her attacker, days after she says he violated her on a popular bike trail in Saugus.
"We went to the Saugus trail, where we go and sit, it's our peace of mind, you watch the water, it's quiet," Jennifer Davis said Monday.
Davis says she was on the trail Saturday evening with her daughter when a man who appeared to be in his 50s approached them. Davis says the man appeared to be intoxicated.
She says the man started making small talk with the two of them.
"All of a sudden it changed, he snapped, he went from nice to violent in less than 30 seconds," Davis said.
According to Davis, the man grabbed her chest and then stuck his hand in her shorts.
"I slapped his hand and stood up, I took his beer, threw it in the water, he put his hand in my shorts," she said. "Slapped his hand again, he swung at me twice, I had no choice, I had to defend myself, I had to hit him at least five times."
Davis says her daughter was able to run and call police. Several officers were nearby and arrested the man.
"I would have pounded his face in, he wouldn't have gotten away, I would have slammed him down and laid on top of him until the cops came, he wouldn't have gotten away with this," Ruth Davis, Jennifer's mother, said Monday.
Saugus police identified the suspect as Timothy Gillepsie, 51, and said he was scheduled to make his initial court appearance for one count of indecent assault and battery in Lynn on Tuesday. It's unclear if he has an attorney.