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'He's out to kill me': Baseball bat attack fear

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 14/09/2019 9News Staff

A grandmother has described how she was randomly attacked by a man with a baseball bat in Perth.

Photographer Heather Thorning, 59, was attacked on Thursday at the Lesmurdie Falls Car park in Forrestfield in the city's east, as she walked with her camera gear.

A car pulled up alongside her and a man got out and started hitting her. "(I) turned around, and just saw this baseball bat, just coming at me, just swinging it and swinging it," she said. "I thought 'oh my god, my camera gear, it's gonna go.'

a man sitting on a bed: Photographer Heather Thorning, 59, was attacked on Thursday at the Lesmurdie Falls Car park in Forrestfield in the city's east, as she walked with her camera gear. © Nine Photographer Heather Thorning, 59, was attacked on Thursday at the Lesmurdie Falls Car park in Forrestfield in the city's east, as she walked with her camera gear.

"It was so hard that I actually heard the metal hitting my bone and bouncing off, and just going, whack, do it again.

"I thought I was going to get killed, that's all the thoughts in my mind, he's out to kill me."

She used her right arm, as well as her gear, to try and protect herself Bushwalkers nearby heard Heather's screams and went to help.

The attacker got in what may have been a faded red Subaru Impreza, and sped off. Mrs Thorning faces months of recovery, and has been forced to cancel work.

a car parked on the side of a road: The attacker got in what may have been a faded red Subaru Impreza, and sped off. Mrs Thorning faces months of recovery, and has been forced to cancel work. © Nine The attacker got in what may have been a faded red Subaru Impreza, and sped off. Mrs Thorning faces months of recovery, and has been forced to cancel work.

Police are hunting witnesses who may have seen the attacker and the car. He's described as between 35 and 45, and 180 centimetres tall.

He had an Australian accent and was unshaven and wearing khaki coloured pants.

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