Newport News, Va. -A woman attacked outside of her home in a Newport News neighborhood is speaking out to warn other women in the area.
The woman says she was grabbed from behind while walking home from a friend's house last week. It happened on New Haven Court, which is right off of Warwick Blvd., around 1:30 a.m.
The woman says her attacker covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
"I kinda was thinking that I could possibly die right then and there," she said in an interview with NewsChannel 3.
After grabbing her, she says the man forced her to the front of her home like he knew where she lived.
"Then he said, open the door, and I said no. I said, who are you, and then he said, open the door or I'll kill you," she said.
Moments later, she took action, fighting him off by hitting him with her make-up bag, which had more than 50 nail polish bottles in it.
Then she screamed for help to alert her husband, who was sleeping upstairs.
The man then ran off.
"I never thought that I had anything to worry about, just walking right to my door," she says.
And now she hopes her story will be a warning for others in the area.
"Especially women," she says. "Make sure you know everything that's going on around you. Keep your eyes open constantly. Just be careful."
The woman says she didn't get a very good look at the man so there is no sketch available of what he might look like.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the crime line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.