Suspect Arrested in Running Path Attack on Mom Who Fought Back With Bike Pump

The mom and baby were on the Hudson River Greenway near 190th Street

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    A woman jogging in a Manhattan park with her baby Friday fought off an attacker by bashing him in the head with a bike pump. Brynn Gingras reports. (Published Friday, Sep 27, 2013)

    The man suspected of attacking a woman jogging with her baby in a Manhattan park, who fought back with a bike pump, has been arrested in New Jersey, officials said.

    The suspect, Oscar Ruiz, was arrested Sunday night in Englewood, police said. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.

    Mary Jane Jarman, 33, told NBC 4 New York she was pushing her 8-month-old son in a stroller along the Hudson River Greenway near 190th Street at about 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 27 when a man jumped out from behind a barrier and flashed a broken bottle, saying "come here, come here."

    She tried to run from him but he grabbed her in a bear hug and knocked her down as she screamed.

    Jarman said the man apologized and told her "I'm sick, I'm sick" as he attacked.

    She said she started hitting him in the head with a bike pump that she had with her.

    "I just thought, 'Get his head, get his head,'" she said.

    Eventually he let go of her and fled.