The former Israeli military mother-of-two who chased down a jogger in Massachusetts after he flashed her has spoken out to send him a message and reveal that she begged others to call 911 as she held him down but no one would help.
Aia Polansky, 33, was jogging in Boston when the unidentified man pulled down his shorts to expose himself to her last Thursday.
He passed her but she turned around and sprinted after him to confront him. It was caught on surveillance cameras and state police have since released video of her chasing him.
On Friday, Polansky, who works as a personal trainer and drives a motorcycle, told Good Morning America that she stopped, grabbed the man and held him with his arms behind his back while begging others to call 911.
She said she asked at least four different people who walked past to help her but that none called 911. She was forced to let him go, she said, after catching up to him because she had to free one of her hands to use her phone.
Despite him being able to get away, she maintains that he will be found.
‘I’m going to get you, darling,’ the 6ft 1in mother said in a separate interview with CBS where she lambasted the passers-by for not helping her when she asked them to.
I’m not afraid! Aia Polansky, 33, chased down the jogger in Massachusetts last Thursday. She said on Friday that she was not scared of him and she wanted him to be found
The mother-of-two, who works as a personal trainer, said she went after him to stop him from hurting another woman.
Bad luck… not the right choice!
She joked on Friday about he picked the wrong woman to target.
‘[If] I’m not going to chase him, he’s going to scare some girl and get her all the way down and then what? No,’ she said.
‘I saw a guy pulling his pants down, I didn’t put a lot of thought to it but when he came towards me and pulled his pants down again all the way to his knees and reached his hand out, I realized this is not just an emergency, he is a flasher,’ Polansky said.
She said she was one of two women running in the area.
‘He probably thought, “That will be her.” Bad luck, not the right choice!’ she said.
The video does not show the moment Polansky confronted him, turning on one foot immediately and sprinting after him.
She says she was able to grab him, get him to the ground and pin him down briefly while others walked past.
He was ‘really scared’, she said.
‘When I was holding him down he was terrified, he was really, really scared,’ she said.
But when no one else would use their phones as she held him in one place, she had to free one of hers to dial 911.
That is when he escaped.
Now, Polansky is condemning the people who walked past.
Polanksy was jogging last Thursday when the man pulled his shorts down and exposed himself to her. They are shown seconds later in a grab from surveillance footage that was issued by police
Polansky turned around and ran after the man. She was able to stop him and grab him but when she told others to call 911, they did not. She then had to let him go and call for help herself, she said
A marathon runner and personal trainer, the 33-year-old said she wanted to go after the man to stop him from hurting another woman who may not be as strong as she is
Polansky, who rides a motorcycle and works as a personal trainer, said the flasher ‘made the wrong choice’ by targeting her
‘I want to speak out I want people to know you have choice, those who passed by didn’t help and those whoever come into this situation.
‘You could do something about it, my choice was to do something about it.
‘I was asking people to call the police and ask for help – nobody did. I let my hand off him because I realized nobody can help me except myself.
‘At least four people went by, nobody reacted, nobody did anything.
Five minutes later, I could’ve been raped. You guys really are too busy with your day to just call the police?
‘I’m holding the guy down nobody is doing anything I had to do something.
‘People respond for God’s sake if someone is saying call the police, everybody is trying to stay away don’t get involved my day would be destroyed.
‘Five minutes later I could’ve have been raped there in the corner you guys really too busy with your day to just call the police?’ she said.
Though he got away, she said she is ‘not afraid’ of him.
‘I do want him to get caught- I chased this guy down, I want him to know that I am not afraid of him!’ she said.
Asked if she was afraid of him she said: ‘Hell no.’
A Massachusetts State Police spokesman said she did the right thing.
‘Good for her. I think she put the fear of God into the guy.’
Police are still looking for him.