TEWKSBURY (CBS) — A woman used an everyday household item to fend off her attacker and put a Lawrence man behind bars.

Around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Tewksbury Police were called to the Extended Stay America for a report of a man covered in blood with lacerations to his head.

According to police, a woman told them she hit the man over the head with a frying pan twice, after he attempted to rape her at knife-point.

Police arrested Frank Harrison, 46, and charged him with kidnapping, armed assault with intent to rape and indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14.

At his arraignment Monday, prosecutors said Harrison offered the woman a ride from one party to another but the woman quickly realized they were going in the wrong direction.

Harrison allegedly told the woman he needed to stop at the hotel for cigarettes.

Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan tells WBZ-TV, Harrison allegedly met the victim at a house party in Lowell earlier in the evening.

The defense says the woman is the one at fault and was trying to rob him.

Harrison is being held without bail until a hearing Friday.


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