Woman tries to fight attacker with prosthetic leg

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Marshawn Floyd Phillips By Catherine Holland Marshawn Floyd Phillips By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix woman says she tried to use her prosthetic leg to fight off a man who sexually assaulted her earlier this week.

According to court paperwork, Marshawn Floyd Phillips walked into the victim's apartment on 24th Street south of Thomas Road shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said Phillips closed and locked the door behind him and then turned on the light.

"He grabbed both my wrists and pushed me down on the bed," said the victim, Kathy Acton.

Acton told officers Phillips demanded sex.

Acton, a 53-year-old grandmother who had her leg amputated because of a medical condition two decades ago, was not wearing her prosthetic leg at the time.

"I was in tears. I couldn't do anything, because I didn't have my leg on, and when I went to pick up my leg, I was going to hit him with it, but he grabbed it," Acton said.

She says the suspect threw the leg under the bed and she grabbed her cell phone to call 911. Phillips allegedly snatched the phone from her and then ran away.

Police said after they Mirandized Phillips, he admitted going into the apartment in search of money. He said he grabbed the cell phone and left when she started screaming. That phone has not been recovered.

Investigators said Phillips was drunk at the time of the alleged assault and was armed with a knife when he was arrested.

Phillips faces charges of burglary, sexual assault and sexual abuse. A judge set his bond at $18,000 and scheduled a status conference for Nov. 2, followed by a preliminary hearing on Nov. 7.