‘I can defend myself’: Jogger tackles man on electric bike who allegedly groped her

ARLINGTON, Va. — A woman jogging in Northern Virginia brought down a man she said groped her and sped away on an electric bike.

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Edgar Estrada Espana, 25, of Arlington, was treated for minor injuries after he was arrested on assault and battery charges, WRC-TV reported.

The incident occurred on Thursday in Arlington near the courthouse area of the city, according to the television station. The woman, who has not been identified, said she was jogging near 14th and Rolfe streets when the man slapped her backside.

Angered by the man’s actions, the woman said she flagged down a motorist and they chased after the man.

“He smacked me from behind, and I saw him smile, like he’s smiling, and he just took off and I tried to catch him,” the woman told WRC. “I couldn’t catch him, and then I found a guy in a car and I asked the guy if he could help me chase the guy, and he helped me.”

The pair followed the man through Arlington and caught up to him in the city’s Rosslyn neighborhood.

The woman was able to subdue the man with a chokehold until authorities arrived, WRC reported.

“Once I saw him try to cross the street, I just jumped on him,” she told the television station. “It’s scary, now.

“I don’t feel, like, safe going out by myself, but eventually I’ll get back for my runs. I know I can defend myself, and hopefully that will never happen again to me or anyone else.”

Espana was issued a summons and released, WRC reported.

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