COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan) —
For the first time since the stabbing outside a gym near Hilliard, a
young woman is talking about how she fought back to stay alive.
Rikki Whitaker shared her story to empower women to defend themselves in case they’re faced with the same fate.
A man stabbed Whitaker outside the LA Fitness off Hilliard Rome Road the morning of March 20th.
She had just arrived in the parking lot to work out that morning.
“Pulls up next to me and approaches my car with a gun you just don’t see anything like that ever coming,” said Whitaker.
Whitaker says the man repeatedly told her to get in his car and when she replied no several times he told her to get in the passenger seat of his car.
“I think the second time is when I stood up and shoved my purse in his face and that’s when he stabbed me,” said Whitaker.
Whitaker ran to the gym for help. She says she never looked back to see where the man went.
He has not yet been arrested.
Whitaker says she doesn’t have a message for the man but for women.
“Always be aware of your surroundings be prepared to defend yourself,” said Whitaker.
Police describe Whitaker’s attacker as a black man with light complexion and a buzz cut. He also has a tattoo on the left side of his neck. The man was last seen driving a silver car with dark tinted windows.
Whitaker says women have told her they’ve taken self defense classes because of this.
She plans to get a conceal carry permit.
But right now she is focused on her recovery.