OKLAHOMA CITY -- A metro mother's quick thinking allows her and her little boy to escape from their house after an intruder allegedly threatens to rape her.
Police say 43-year-old Jimmy Holliday crawled into her home, near S.E. 40th St. and Shields Blvd., through a broken window after 4 a.m. Saturday.
Nicole Massey said she and her son were startled by Holliday, who was naked and standing over her with a knife.
"I asked him, 'Who are you? What are you doing?' And he said, 'I am going to rape you.'"
She knew she needed to create separation, so she asked if she could get her son out of the room first.
"I said, 'I'll cooperate, just let me get the baby calmed down and put back to sleep,'" she said.
Massey took her 3-year-old son to the bathroom, shut the door, then helped him out of the window and crawled out after him.
"I don't know how I was able to remain calm. I don't," she said. "I thought that if I were to get very loud and vocal, because he had a knife, I was just sure that he was going to cut my throat."
When Massey screamed for help, neighbor John Lowery, who said he spent 10 years in the Navy, came to the rescue.
Lowery eventually ran down and tackled Holliday in a nearby alley, holding him for police.
"He's like, 'Please let me go.'" Lowery recalled. "I was like, 'No I can't do that.'"
But he doesn't consider himself a hero.
"I didn't think it was right, so I took it upon myself as a man and as a human being to stop something that was going on," Lowery said. "Because I wouldn't want that to happen to my wife or anybody else."
Massey's advice to other women in a similar situation?
"To play as if you're going to cooperate or to try and cooperate as much as you can," she said. "Just to create some sort of diversion so that you have some sort of a window of opportunity, just for a little bit of time, for them not to get aggressive and cause more confusion."
She and her son suffered a few bruises and scratches while crawling through the window.
Holliday was arrested for first-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and first-degree rape, even though there was only an alleged threat to commit rape.
His criminal past includes escaping from jail, eluding an officer and drug possession.