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Brave woman fights off male attacker while alone at gym | USA TODAY #Shorts

Published July 21, 2023, 4:30 p.m. by Naomi Charles

A 24-year-old woman successfully fought off a male attacker while she was working out alone at her apartment's gym. The man was arrested and charged.

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A Tampa woman who fought off an attacker at her apartment complex's gym is speaking out about her experience in the hopes that other women will feel more empowered.

Nashali Alma, 24, said she was exercising in her complex's gym, about 12 miles northwest of downtown Tampa, in late January when a man who looked familiar to her needed access to the gym, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Alma said she let the man in because she had seen him in the gym before. But as she was working out, Alma told investigators that the man approached her and grabbed her waist. Alma said she yelled at the man to get away from her but he kept chasing her around the gym, police said.

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