An armed Oregon woman fended off a flasher allegedly high on crystal meth last month, local media reports.
The woman, identified as “Kim,” told FOX 12 News that the suspect, 43-year-old Marques Seville Hardges, forced his way into her apartment in Northeast Portland and dropped his pants demanding that she perform a “sex act.”
Instead of complying with the perv’s command, Kim pulled out the handgun located in her purse. She admitted though, it wasn’t her first instinct.
“The gun wasn’t the first thing that came to my mind…it was how am I going to get out of here,” Kim said. “I was in a sheer panic, I was just in a panic.”
When she did draw the gun, it sent Hardges running. He dropped the pill bottle he had grabbed from her apartment but made off with $60 in stolen cash.
Hardges stalked Kim on the street that day, followed her through the entrance of her apartment building and into the elevator she was taking to her floor. During the ride up, he told her that he had just shot up crystal meth for the first time. Hardges then pursued Kim all the way to her unit and pounced once she opened the door.
Kim, a licensed concealed carrier, said this wasn’t the first time she’s been sexually assaulted.
“I’ve had a real hard time since then, struggling with because it brings back horrible memories for me,” Kim said. “There must be someplace inside me that’s just not going to let that happen again.”
Police arrested Hardges on Aug. 14, charging him with sodomy, attempted sex abuse, theft, and burglary, according to FOX 12.
Following the incident, the apartment building now has a sign asking visitors and residents to ensure the main door is shut after entering and exiting.
“We need to look out for our neighbors, there’s a reason we live in a building that has security,” Kim said.