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Posted on: March 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Incident Prompts Personal Safety Alert

Eugene Police are investigating a report of a 33-year-old female , who was robbed while walking on the bike path near Goodpasture Loop and Edgewater Drive at 7:10 p.m. on Sunday, March 12. The victim reported going out to walk the bike path while there was daylight. As she neared a corner, a white male grabbed her by her arm and demanded cash, and hit her in the head. She was knocked to the ground, and the man kicked her legs. She was able to get up and pushed the man down, then ran away from the scene.

The suspect was described as a white male, wearing a black hoodie and smelling of marijuana. There were no further descriptions. If anyone has information in the case, they are asked to call 541.682.5111.


  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Do not get into someone’s car even if they display a weapon. It is better to fight back in the street where help is closer at hand and other people may hear your calls for help.
  • Walk confidently and don’t avoid eye contact
  • Don’t let strangers into your ‘space.’ Keep plenty of distance between yourself and people you don’t wish to approach you.
  • Don’t stop to talk with strangers asking for directions or other types of help as this can be a ploy to get close for an attack.
  • If you feel you are in danger or being followed, call 9-1-1
  • If grabbed, fight back and make as much noise as possible.
  • Use the buddy system when walking after dark or in ‘fringe’ areas, which are places there are fewer people travelling, allowing them a chance to victimize you without chancing witnesses. You should know the person you are walking with well enough to trust them.
  • Walk in lighted areas as much as possible and don’t walk too close to bushes, alleyways or other places where attackers can conceal themselves.

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