Heroic nurse stops assault on runner in Lake City

SEATTLE — “Not on my watch. That’s not going down on my watch. I’m not going to let that happen,” said Hanna Petree.

That’s how Petree described the terrifying moment when she realized someone was in big trouble.

That someone was Laura Feet, who was out for her daily early morning jog last Wednesday at around 5:45 a.m. in Lake City.

“My first reaction was this is not happening. I must be dreaming,” said Feet.

Hanna is a nurse who was on her way to work at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She lives in Monroe and drives the same route every day. She’s seen Laura jogging by herself, but when she saw a man following her that day, she sensed something was wrong.

“I just pulled up, maybe 20 feet ahead, and waited on the side. I was going to ask her when she ran by if she was OK or if she knew him,” explained Petree.

Then she witnessed something truly horrifying in her rearview mirror near Sand Point Way.

“I just saw him throw his sweatshirt over her head, and grab her and pull her to him and then fall into the bushes or jump into the bushes. Once that happened, they were out of my view,” said Petree.

Feet fought for her life.

“He was on top of me, and I was kicking and screaming — and there was a struggle. I don’t know what his intentions were, but he ended up getting up,” recounted Feet.

That was very likely because of what Hanna did next.

“I whipped the car around and I laid on the horn, and I drove over to where I saw them go into the bushes, and that’s when he came out and she was kind of right behind him,” said Petree.

Petree, a mother of two, said she simply put into action the advice she always tells her kids.

“I always think we need to watch out for each other. Even if you don’t know somebody, you need to help somebody,” Petree said.

She hopes her experience inspires others to do the same.

“I want people to help each other. I want people to stand up for what’s right and I want people to do what’s right,” she added.

Seattle Police still haven’t caught Feet’s attacker. He’s described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a surgical face mask; a dark-colored jacket with green sleeves and an orange hood; a white hooded sweatshirt; and dark pants.