Self­-defense expert reacts to waitress' throat slashing

Live Oak Police: Alleged attacker remains at large

Hearing that a local waitress may have survived having her throat slashed because she apparently knew some self-defense, Pete Hardy, the owner and senior instructor at Krav Maga, said a seminar is now planned for April 13, to teach other women how to fight back against knife attacks.

"It's also a huge issue in domestic violence because there are always knives involved in the kitchen," Hardy said.

However, in Saturday's attack, the victim was on break behind the Live Oak restaurant where she worked when a man lifted her off her feet from behind and tried dragging her away.

"That's the deadliest situation you can run into," Hardy said. "You've got to fight back because you have no idea what's going to be happening to you."

Live Oak police said the alleged attacker remains at large, after running away from the scene, but not before the petite victim threw back her elbows twice at her alleged attacker who is described as 5 foot 9 inches tall. 

Hardy said he thinks when the suspect reacted, she fell to the ground, leaving her vulnerable.

He said more than likely, "Somewhere in there, he came after her and bent over and cut her throat."

Police said the victim still managed to get inside the restaurant where she yelled for help.

Hardy said unlike guns, knives are highly unpredictable.

"It's hard to keep up with. It is a very deadly weapon to have to deal with," Hardy said.

He said, "The best situation, if you have any space at all, is turn around (and) run like hell because if you engage hand-to-hand in a knife fight, you're going to get cut."

Hardy said the upcoming seminar will teach women the skills they need to hopefully lessen the injuries or escape with their lives.

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