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Female karate champ drops mugger

Sept. 11, 2008 at 1:09 PM

ROME, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A female Italian karate champion said passersby in Rome just watched as a man grabbed her around the neck and she punched him until he dropped.

"It could have been much worse," Lara Liotta, 29, four-time winner of the Italian women's karate championship, told The Daily Telegraph of London. "What would have happened if this person, instead of attacking me, a karate champion who knows how to defend herself well, had attacked a young girl?"

Liotta, a prison officer, said the attack occurred in broad daylight Monday shortly after rush hour. She said she ran to a nearby rail terminal to alert police, who arrested a homeless man on charges of assault, The Daily Telegraph reported.

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