Woman attacked by hit and run suspect: 'I might be small, but I am tough'

Ashley Hewitt says Corey Miller attacked her after trying to break into her car while her roommate and roommate’s kid was in the house. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Another victim from Monday night’s hit-and-run in East Asheville has come forward, saying she was assaulted by the same man accused of crashing into another man and leaving the scene.

Ashley Hewitt says Corey Miller attacked her after trying to break into her car while her roommate and her roommate’s child were in the house.

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“I was trying to protect them and I was just angry. And the second he laid hands on me, I wanted to prove that I wasn't a weakling, that he had messed with the wrong house,” Hewitt said.

She says she was getting ready to take a shower when she came outside to find her car lights on, the doors open, and a man coming toward her.

“He sees me, and I immediately jump off the porch and take off after him and kind of tackled him in the yard. He said, 'Stop. Stop. Stop, I've just been in a wreck',” Hewitt recalled.

At the time, she didn’t know that police said he caused the wreck and injured the driver.

When he approached her, she says she asked if he wanted her to call 911.

“He said, ‘No, I've got warrants out for me,’ and at that point, I realized it was a bad situation,” Hewitt said.

She says she started backing up and calling 911 and that’s when the fight broke out.

“He punched me in my rib,” Hewitt said. “He grabbed my arm, almost threw me to the ground. I caught myself. At that point, I started fighting back and got a couple good shots at his face.”

She says she was eventually able to chase him away, even ripping his shirt at one point, all while she was wearing only a bath towel.

“And I was able to keep it on the whole time. So, I'm fighting him with one hand, and holding the towel up with the other,” she said.

The police came to the area and began looking for Miller, but they were unable to find him.

Miller was booked into the Transylvania County Jail sometime Tuesday night.

Hewitt says he returned to the area a couple of hours later.

“I yelled to him, I have mace and a baseball bat and if he moved, we will attack him. My roommate was out there at that point,” Hewitt said.

She says he eventually took off again.

“I might be small, but I am tough,” Hewitt added.

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