OZARK -- As local, state and federal law enforcement agencies continue the search for David Pitts, the Ozark man suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting a 30 year old woman and an 8 year old female on Friday, they want the community to take necessary safety measures.
Women and children are the most vulnerable to these types of crimes. For that reason, self defense instructors and law enforcement officials encourage women and children to take part in a self defense program.
Criminal Investigator Cpl. James Isler said there are some initial steps women can take to protect themselves.
"Be aware of their surroundings, paying attention to who's around, where they're at, lighting, building, vehicles," Cpl. Isler said. "Don't give in, just remember, if you are being attacked, continue to fight."
For children, Cpl. Isler said they should latch on to the attacker and do all they can to prevent the person from taking them to another location.
If someone is interested in taking part in a program, we have included some different programs around the Wiregrass. If anyone would like to add a program, email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will add it.
Kid Escape is held by the Ozark Police Department, typically in schools, but if a person would like to get their child this kidnapping awareness training, he or she can call the Ozark Police Department at 334-445-6122.
The Legion Operator Training Group in Blakely, GA is offering a ladies pistol and home defense course on August 16th and 17th for $300.00. This does not include ammo. For more information, call the Pro Shop at (229) 723-2029, or visit www.legionotg.com.
The Dothan Police Department is currently working towards a women's self defense course at the end of August. WTVY will keep you updated. In the meantime, the department offers community watch programs. If anyone is interested, they can contact the Dothan Police Department Community Service Division at 334-793-0230
Wolfpack Karate and MMA is located in Dothan at 2952 Ross Clark Circle. They offer a "reality based" self defense class.