It was the scariest moment of her life. That's how one woman describes the events that unfolded outside of her jazzercise class at Westwood Plaza.
Christine Hamilton goes to jazzercise class several times a week, but usually not at 5:30 a.m. "I just decided to go early in the morning," she said. "I just had other stuff to do that day."
What she didn't expect that morning was many of the women had seen a man lurking around, so they notified security. Then after the class, she left with another woman to head home. "When we got out there he was there, he was waiting for someone to leave that class," she said.
Thinking security would be outside and that they would be okay as a pair they went towards the parking lot, but it turns out the suspect, Glenn Nickerson, didn't care.
"I thought there's two of us together he's not going to do anything, but that was not the case," Hamilton said. "He boldly followed us." While she made it to her car, when she looked up the other woman hadn't. Nickerson was following her.
"I yelled, 'don't go after her get away from her' and he just went faster, he just started to run after her," she said. Inside her car the best thing Hamilton could think to do was lash out.
"I thought, 'okay, I'm going to run him over.' I put the keys in my ignition and I thought, 'I'm going to run him over, I'm going to hit him,' but the direction they were running I knew they were going towards the sidewalk," she said.
So she used the only weapons she had, her keys and voice and took off running. She says luckily a realtor nearby heard the screams and came to help.
"I was so thankful, because I really don't know what I would have done, had I actually reached them," she said. "He punched him, and the guy just punched him right back."
The realtor has a shiner in return and Nickerson took off. The other woman was shaken, but okay. As for Hamilton, she's still in shock. "It still feels like a dream and very surreal, like it wasn't me that it happened to."
Nickerson was arrested and is accused in two other similar instances including fondling himself in public. He is being held without bond.