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Clinton woman trapped in a downtown DC restroom 8 hours claws her way out

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CLINTON, Md. -  It was a terrifying, unbelievable ordeal. Karen Perrin stayed at work until 10 o'clock last Friday night to finish a project, preparing her boss for international travel.

She works for a private family foundation. Perrin packed up her bags, left them at her desk and made a trip to the ladies room. she had no purse or cell phone with her.

When she came out of the stall, washed her hands and tried to leave, the restroom door was locked. Perrin, who is married to former Redskins Running Back Lonnie Perrin, couldn't call him.

She used a chair in the restroom to dismantle the lock on the door, ramming it, kicking the chair. It finally broke off, and she used it as a tool to chisel a hole in the wall next to the door. Eventually she was able to reach her hand through that hole and unlock the door from the outside.

But that was more than eight hours later. She had slipped paper towels under the door, trying to get the attention of security monitoring the hallway by camera.

She chiseled a small hole in the wall to the men's room next door, but ran into a barrier. Her hand was bloody was trying to scratch her way out.

She called her husband, Lonnie Perrin and her daughter, India, who came downtown to pick her up.

Lonnie says he thought the worst had happened when his wife didn't come home Friday night.

She says she has no plans to sue, just wants other building managers to consider whether they need to make modifications so the same thing doesn't happen to anybody else.

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