WEST ALLIS (WITI) -- The woman viciously attacked near 102nd and Lincoln in West Allis is now speaking with FOX6 News about the ordeal. Kathy Sniecinski was allegedly being beaten by 43-year-old Kenneth Harris of Milwaukee. Harris has pleaded not guilty to substantial battery in the case.
Sniecinski was rescued by Charlie Blackmore -- a retired Marine with a concealed carry permit and pistol. Blackmore held Harris until police arrived.
"I really wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Charlie," Sniecinski told FOX6 News.
Blackmore used his concealed carry permit and weapon to stop Harris from allegedly kicking Sniecinski in her stomach and head as she walked to work that morning.
Sniecinski says she still cannot work because of the attack.
"My pain is daily. My head hurts and headaches are -- I hardly sleep," Sniecinski said.
Because of Sniecinski's facial injuries, she wanted to speak with FOX6 News over the phone.
Sniecinski says she and Harris were involved, leading up to the attack. She says he acted jealous the night before, when she told him she needed to go to bed early for work. Sniecinski says Harris came to her home the morning of the attack, and acted like everything was fine.
Harris began walking Sniecinski to the bus stop when he allegedly assaulted her. Sniecinski said Harris had sent her a threatening text message that she didn't see until after the attack, asking: "Who is going to save you?"
As it turned out, the answer was Blackmore.
"If it wasn't for him, I don't know what would've happened. He is basically my hero," Sniecinski said.
Harris faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison if convicted.