April Marchessault got attacked just after midnight inside her bathroom. At 5-1, she wasn't intimidated by the 5-7, 200 pound man. Edgardo Montes, 47, got his clock thoroughly cleaned.
He was charged with breaking and entering and intent to rape, plus other charges. It all began when April took out the trash, reports eagletribune.com. She left the back door open. What are the odds that this formerly convicted rapist just happened to be out there? Well, it happened. Never leave doors unlocked!
She went into the bathroom to clean the sink. Edgardo crept up from behind and wrapped his arms around her chest so hard she couldn't turn around. But when he tried to force her face into the sink, she kind of hulked out.
April turned around and pushed him back, but somehow he struck her in the jaw. She pushed him again and pulled his shirt off (which was already partially pulled up to conceal his face). He headed for the back door but April got there first, pushing him out. Then she started beating him, making him fall down some steps.
"I ran down the stairs and I kept hitting him in the face and head with my fist," says the Massachusetts woman. "I was stomping on his knee." She "kept hitting him" as he was trying to get up. April then began hitting him in the head repeatedly with a trash can.
Edgardo was so beaten he couldn't get up, and by then, April's father stood guard over him while waiting for the police. Amazingly, April's three young sons slept through everything.
Points of Interest
- April has no martial arts training; what enabled her was anger and wit.
- Martial arts training, however, can reprogram a woman's way of thinking so that if she's ever assaulted, she could maintain her wits and think tactically rather than in a panicked state.
- Never leave your doors unlocked even for a moment, especially at night. It takes just seconds to lock the door right behind you after you re-enter your home!