VILLA RICA, GA (FOX 5)- A Villa Rica woman said she survived an incredibly frightening experience Monday afternoon thanks to her new rescue dog, Dixie.
"I thought I was gonna die," said Connie Davis.
The Villa Rica mother said she was less than a mile from home when she stopped at a stop sign and a man jumped into the passenger seat of her car and punched her in the face.
"He said, 'Give me your money,'' Davis recounted. "And I said, you know, 'I don't have any.' And he said, 'I know you're lying. Give me your money and just drive.'"
Davis said she handed the man her wallet and he gave her directions on where to go. Davis believes the man targeted her because she was driving alone.
"I wasn't moving--train behind me, traffic coming the other way and I think, you know, that I was an older woman and it was just the perfect time to try to do it I guess," Davis explained.
The suspect, however, did not know who Davis had in the car with her, she said. Dixie, a lab Davis got from a rescue group two weeks ago, was growling in the back seat.
"And then all of a sudden she just came through the middle of the seat and bit him on his lower forearm," said Davis.
The would-be carjacker then bailed out of the car and ran away, Davis added.
"I just want people to know, you know, that if you've got to travel alone, make sure your doors are locked and if possible, if you're female, don't travel alone," she said.
Villa Rica Police said Tuesday the incident is under investigation.