Seattle, Washington – Lillian Germond, 27, is a cop’s daughter, a retired California police commander. She arrived home from work at a restaurant early in the morning on New Year’s Day. But when a man carrying a machete accosted her as she attempted to get into her apartment, she fought for her life. Actually, she kicked his a**.
Blue Lives Matter’s Holly Matkin reported,
Germond said she had just finished her shift at an eatery and parked her vehicle about a block from her apartment at approximately 3:30 a.m., when she noticed a man behind her who seemed to be closing the distance between them as she walked to her building.
Thinking he may be another resident in the apartment complex, Germond said she held the front key-coded door open for the man.
“I thought it was one of my neighbors and was about to try and get my key out when this guy came straight for me and I realized he had a machete,” Germond said. “I backed up against my [apartment’s] front door and he said, ‘Don’t [expletive] move.’ “
Germond offered the assailant her bag, but she said he didn’t want it.
Instead, he raised his weapon and grabbed her by the throat.
“Don’t [expletive] move,” he told her again.
For ten years, her father made her take Taekwondo lessons. They were about to become the difference between life and death.
“OK, here we go. It’s either fight or die.” Lillian Germond said to herself as reported by The Seattle Times.
Lillian grabbed the blade of the machete, which sliced her hand, and began screaming for her boyfriend, Chauncey Arkfield. The attacker, who was identified as Steven Jahn, 21, tried to get away from her.
Not a chance in you-know-what was she going to let him go. Now she was mad. She grabbed him by the coat and forced him into a headlock. They fell out of the door and down the steps. Jahn tried to bite Germond in an attempt to get away, but she said she didn’t want that to happen to anyone else so she refused to let him go.
Her boyfriend posted on Facebook:
In a panic, I leapt up from the couch, and opened the door to see her being dragged out of our apartment building at knifepoint. I ran through its door, where I saw Lilly and some man wrestling in the bushes with a machete. I rushed in, and we (mostly Lilly) subdued him with a headlock. Lilly has a nasty cut on her hand because she literally grabbed his machete at bladeside and wrested it from his grip. Our clothes torn, with me on top of this guy with a knife to his gut and my hand on his throat, we screamed for help.
She managed to get the machete away from the attacker. She also beat the snot out of the man with a broken table leg she found near the front of the apartment, according to Blue Lives Matter.
Jahn whined, “Please stop hitting me this is the first time I’ve done anything like this.”
If Lilly had any thing to say about it, what happened to her would not happen to anyone else. The apartment manager, and police arrived to arrested Jahn. But the situation could have escalated into a kidnapping and rape had she not fought back.
“By 4:30, we were back at the crime scene (our front door). This is where we learned that he had left behind a roll of duct tape. This guy followed my girlfriend from her car with a machete and duct tape. Think about that for a second.” Chauncey Arkfeld
Police also found another knife at the scene. Lillian Germond and Chauncey Arkfeld have cuts and bruises, but they are alive.
Steven Jahn was charged with felony second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault and is being held on a $100,000 bond in the King County Jail. His arraignment is set for January 18.
Should parents press their daughters into taking some form of self-defense? Yes. Not only is it great exercise, it can save their lives. As Chauncey Arkfeld put it in his Facebook post,
“But I hope to remind you that no matter what kind of a nice neighborhood you live in, there are fucked up people in every pocket of this world, including at your own front door…”
Featured photo via Blue Lives Matter