A woman escaped a knife-wielding attacker's punches by rubbing dog poo in his face, police said.
Michael James Ward, 47, allegedly tried to kidnap a 30-year-old dog walker last week in a Tennessee nature reserve.
According to a report by the Knoxville Police Department, Ward approached his victim by asking for water before allegedly trying to drag her into the woods at around 1.30pm on August 22.
During the terrifying assault in the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, Ward allegedly punched the woman multiple times which cut open her head and face.
In an attempt to break free of his control, the victim managed to reach for a bag of her dog's faeces which she smeared over Ward's face, MailOnline reports.
WBIR reported that Ward began to step back and say sorry until the dog walker told him to go away, at which point he allegedly pulled out a small knife and went for her again.
This time, she kicked and screamed but in a desperate attempt to call the police, Ward allegedly snatched her phone and ran before towards the river where he jetted off by boat, according to WATE.
Using a passer-by's phone, the woman dialled 911 and a K-9 unit was deployed to track the alleged assailant down.
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Ward's shoes and a towel were found by police in a clearing in the woods.
The victim was able to identify Ward, who authorities say is homeless, from photos, and police put out a warrant for his arrest.
A man recognised Ward at a shop two days later after seeing his photo in a social media bulletin by Knoxville police.
The member of public reportedly asked Ward for his name, and when he confirmed as Ward, he performed a citizen's arrest, and held Ward until police could arrived.
Ward was arraigned on August 25, and charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.
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