FORT COLLINS, Colo – A suspected perpetrator is still at large in Fort Collins after an incident that ended in gunfire on Monday.
Fort Collins police say it is common for university towns to have peeping incidents.
Tessi Smith looks cute, but on the inside she’s full of struggle.
“You get a sense of confidence,” Smith said, “when you hold your head high and you get empowered and you get excited.”
She is tough, but there are situations that make her feel small – like the news of a looking empty in her city.
“It makes you shrink, you want to shrink inside yourself,” Smith said. “Hide yourself from any situation you may be in that may make you feel vulnerable.”
She is now an instructor in education at Colorado Krav Maga and wish more women had the real abilities to defend themselves.
“It’s invaluable, absolutely,” Smith said, “you get an opportunity to see what you’re capable of, and once you get it, there’s like a huge amount of confidence that you go into any situation with. “
Smith is not the only one who cannot put a price on this knowledge; Brandi Babin also appreciates the calm she now has from taking lessons in Colorado Krav Maga.
“I get goosebumps when I try to think about what to say right now,” Babin said. “They made me feel like family, and the other half just wanted to be a really tough girl who could take care of myself.”
These women work together, so when faced with a threat in the real world, their strength will shine.
“Most women are afraid to come to a class like this where they have to be aggressive,” Babin said. “It’s not aggression when you use it to protect yourself. It is a way to protect your beauty and your femininity. ”
Fort Collins police chief Jeff Swoboda said a family noticed someone hiding in their tree. When the suspect was contacted by the family, the person jumped on a bicycle, stomped away and fired their gun.
Chief Swoboda said this crime often escalates to more violent offenses.
“The act itself may seem dangerous because the person is just leading, but that is far from the truth,” Swoboda said.
He does not advise you to confront a viewer, but he understands that it may be a natural instinct. He said arming people with information is the best way to confront the situation.
To deter a viewer, Swoboda said to cut large bushes under your window so there is no hiding place, install lights that turn on with motion, and look for your neighbors.
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