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NewsChannel 21 exclusive: Redmond hiker says she was assaulted; man charged says he was defending his property

(Update: Adding video)

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ)-- Kasey Watson recounted to NewsChannel 21 what happened as she hiked near Cline Falls State Park on Tuesday, June 4th.

"He pushed me again, and both times I stayed up on my feet," Watson recalled, "and then he threw like maybe a six-foot log at me, hit me in the back with it. And I just started walking really fast, and trying to run a little bit."

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office tells NewsChannel 21 that Travis Lundy has been charged with harassment.

But Lundy says he was trying to scare Watson off private property near the trail.

"I just yelled at her," he said. "I said, 'Hey, you know?' And so she turned around, and I said, 'You are trespassing, your dogs are out of control!'"

Watson said the man "kept chasing me, and just this whole time he's telling me he's going to shoot me with his shotgun," Watson said Wednesday. "Soon as I tried to get my phone out of my bag, I had it in my hand, he grabbed onto my arm and he was pulling me down. And I said to him, ''Let go of me! I'm going to hit you!' And he just kept pushing and pulling. And so I had to hit him in the face with my phone."

Lundy said, "I told her that, you know, like, I had problems with trespassers. And she's lucky that I wasn't armed. And, like, how dare she come up and harass my dog?"

Surveillance cameras owned by Lundy captured Watson running with her dogs off-leash, which is not allowed in the area.

There are signs in the area informing hikers that the trail goes to the water line and that the property past that point is private. Watson says she did go off the trail as she was returning.

Lundy has lived on the property for 15 years and says hundreds of hikers trespass every day. He says he didn't assault Watson, and she attacked first.

"She turned around, and I think she thought she was stuck," he said. "So she, like, screamed. She sounded fearful, and she hit me, I think out of fear. I think she felt maybe trapped, but I was just behind her. "

Lundy says they both fell, resulting in her injuries.

"We both tumbled," he recalled. "I fell backward, and I grabbed her arm or the sleeve of her arm, and she fell on top of me. And so that was really quick, though. She just got up and I was going to yell at her some more, but then she just started running. So as far as I was concerned, the problem was solved."

Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged Lundy that day. He was released later that night.

Watson says she hopes others hearing of her experience will stay vigilant on the trail and comply with signage.

"Now I say to every woman out there, or every person - just in case, go get something to protect yourself," she said. "Because I was lucky enough that I could fight him off. But not everyone can be as lucky."

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