Veteran realtor offers self-defense advise after attack

Police are asking all real estate agents to be extra cautious after a realtor was attacked during an open house on Sunday.

Investigators continue to search for her attacker, it happened in Gilbert near Ray and Recker Road.

Gilbert Police have two detectives actively working the case.

They are hoping this guy doesn't attack another agent. 

Realtors across the valley are sharing safety tips with one another.

"We need more safety classes, self defense classes, knowledge and awareness for realtors, because it can happen at any time," said Julie Morris.

Morris knows it can happen at any time because it happened to her years ago on the job at a vacant home in Mesa that she listed.

"I had an incident where I was fortunate. I was nearly attacked, I was trapped in a basement by one man was planning to attack me," she said.

Thankfully she was able to get away unlike the agent attacked Sunday

"You just don't know what is going to happen, when it happens so fast you're in shock, you can't believe it," said Morris.

First thing she does is lock the front door at an open house and let them ring the doorbell or knock so she will decide who comes in.

Two apps on her smartphone keep her safe, BSafe and AgentWatch.

"I can push a button and my phone will ring, and I can say I need to take this call, and I step out and I can leave... if you're not aware and ready and have a plan you don't have time to react," she said.

Gilbert Police describe the suspect as a white man in his 40's or 50's, heavy build, light brown or blonde hair, 5'9" tall, with a tattoo of a knife on his right forearm.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gilbert Police at 480-503-6500.

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