FOREST GROVE, Ore. (KOIN) — A 14-year-old was arrested Monday after admitting that he grabbed a jogger in Forest Grove a day earlier, police said.
Heather Brown was jogging on a paved path near Hwy 47 and Maple Street when the boy grabbed her from behind, according to Forest Grove Police Dept.
“I was just out for a usual run,” Brown told KOIN 6 News. “I actually noticed somebody in the trees as I was approaching, but I thought it was kids.”
A couple seconds later, she said someone grabbed her.
“What he did to me, he made my worst fears come true,” Brown said. “I just instantly reacted and turned around to fight him and he took off running.”
Brown began chasing him until he went into a backyard on the 1500 block of Maple Place. She told police she didn’t get a good look at the suspect’s face.
On Monday, she was shocked to learn he was a 14-year-old boy.
“I really want that boy to understand the gravity of what he did,” Brown said.
The boy confessed to police after coming to the station with his parents Monday morning. He was charged with third-degree sex abuse and harassment.
Brown said she doesn’t blame the boy’s parents.
“Fourteen years old is an age where you understand right from wrong,” she said.