WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - A Clay County man is behind bars after facing charges connected to the apparent 2016 kidnapping of a woman.
It has residents preparing for possible danger themselves.
"I keep my keys in my hands so if somebody does try to come up on me I use my keys," said resident Ladaldra Harris. "Or what other defense mechanism I can think of."
Harris, who has a two-year-old son, says she keeps a close watch of her surroundings when going out in case of danger.
Like the situation 44-year-old Joe Wren, Jr., reportedly put his then girlfriend into.
According to an indictment, he choked and beat her, also knocking out a tooth.
"Scream bloody murder if you have to," advised Danny Shelton, who has two teenage nieces.
"If someone was behind me I would probably fight so I could to not make it easy for them," said Raeanna Bray, who has taken self-defense classes. "Give them some elbow."
Such a technique is similar to what West Point police officers advise, including hits to the groin, feet and shin with your free limbs.
Harris says she already knows some moves she would use for self-defense.
"I'd elbow them in the ribs or something and then get away as quick as possible."