OXFORD – Bambi to the rescue!
While a man was attacking a woman – choking her with her purse straps and punching her in the forehead – a deer darted in the darkness, startling the attacker and scaring him away, police said Monday.
“The deer jumped up and ran…and so did he,” said police spokesman Sgt. Jon Varley.
He can’t recall a similar incident during his 17-year police career.
Varley thinks the deer was asleep for the night when the woman was leaving a party early Sunday and the commotion of the attack stirred the animal awake.
The woman said the man approached her and “tried to choke her and drag her” in the 500 block of Poplar Street, and “told her to be quiet,” Varley said.
The assailant didn’t get away with any of her property.
The woman suffered red marks and bruises but didn’t require medical treatment, Varley said.
No description of the attacker – or the heroic deer – was available.