Yesterday, November 7, at 3:45 p.m., police received a call from a concerned parent of a middle-school aged child who reported a suspicious man had been asking students if they needed a ride home. The youth reported that he saw no students accept the offer. This incident is located within a half-mile of Arts & Technology Academy. The man had been last seen near Westmoreland Park on the east side of Bi-Mart in a grey station-wagon type vehicle.
The man was described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, with short curly brown hair, and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing an all-black sweat suit. Police were unable to locate him.
The youth and his parent are commended for bringing this circumstance to attention.
If anyone has information in this case, they should call 541.682.5111. Case Number 18-17796
GENERAL PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS
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. 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