At 7:45 a.m. today, September 7, a woman walking her young son to a nearby K-8 school reported two men in a sedan attempted an abduction. This was near the N. Terry and Royal area.
She reports being accosted by the passenger of a vehicle similar to a Subaru Forester. The driver of the vehicle kept driving near her and her son, and the passenger at one point verbally threatened to ‘get’ them, while trying to get close. It is unknown if the suspect meant to kidnap the mother, the son or both. (The woman is small in stature and was wearing a hoody). During this incident, the woman kept herself and her son away from the suspects and the vehicle. She directed her son to run away to safety while she yelled for help and pounded on nearby doors to get attention. Once people came out to help, she reports the vehicle fled.
The vehicle is described as a dirty, older model, medium-greyish vehicle, similar to a Subaru Forester. It was a hatchback and piled high with items as if the suspects lived out of it.
The passenger is described as a white male adult, 5’9” tall, with dark hair and last seen wearing a mask that covered his mouth only, a dark hoody, and grey pants. The driver is described a white male adult, 5’9” tall, with a dark hoody.
If anyone has tips in this case, please call 541.682.5111. Case 22-13518
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 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