The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida recently released a security video that captured the terrifying moment when a woman, identified as Nashali Alma, fought off a suspected attacker in her apartment complex’s gym. The incident occurred on January 22, 2023.
The video footage shows Alma opening the door to the gym for a man who authorities later identified as Xavier Thomas-Jones. Once inside, Thomas-Jones approached Alma near a weight set and quickly grabbed her. However, Alma didn’t back down and immediately challenged him by yelling, “Bro, what the eff are you doing? Get away from me. Stop trying to touch me.”
In an effort to escape, Alma can be seen running away from Thomas-Jones. However, he chased her down and forced her to the ground. The video shows Alma struggling to fight him off and trying to call 911 for help. Eventually, Thomas-Jones appeared to give up, and Alma was able to flee to a nearby apartment.
The authorities were able to apprehend Thomas-Jones within 24 hours, and court records show that he was charged with kidnapping and sexual battery by a person older than 18.
Alma, who was shaken but thankfully unharmed, shared some words of advice to other women who may find themselves in a similar situation. She emphasized the importance of never giving up, saying, “As long as you don’t give up, if you show him that you are strong, that you’re able to fight back and survive and get out of the situation, I believe it’s possible.”
The incident highlights the importance of self-defense and situational awareness, especially for women. It’s crucial to be aware of your surroundings and have a plan in case of an emergency. If possible, try to avoid going to isolated areas alone, and always be prepared to defend yourself if necessary.