The Phoenix woman meets a stranger who saved her from an attacker with an ax

Gina Hopkins-Calligan was running away from a man with an ax when Emily Regester stopped to help her in downtown Phoenix.

PHOENIX – A woman from the valley attributes the saving of her life to a complete stranger. Gina Hopkins-Calligan was running away from a man with an ax when Emily Regester stopped to help her in downtown Phoenix.

While Hopkins-Calligan was jogging on the morning of February 4, a man jumped out of the bushes and began chasing them with an ax near 7th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Court documents show that the defendant Joshua Eicher is a homeless drug addict. Eicher is charged with aggravated assault. He hasn’t submitted a request yet.

“It felt just like a nightmare, I always thought, just wake up,” said Hopkins-Calligan.

On Thursday, Hopkins-Calligan and Regester met for the first time since the terrible encounter.

Hopkins-Calligan said to Regester, “Nothing could ever repay you for what you did.”

Hopkins-Calligan ran in six lanes to stop someone to help her. Regester is the only one who stopped. She got Hopkins-Calligan to safety before calling 911.

The two women had their nails done together during their meeting, and Hopkins-Calligan presented Register with a present. She says she is grateful for Regester’s help.

“It means everything. I used to joke that I didn’t have an instinct for survival, but that was before I had kids, ”said Hopkins-Calligan.

The two women want to keep in touch. They say the experience was a great way to start a friendship.

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