Police: Unknown man approached girl at Eugene bus stop

Police said the incident occurred at River Road and Park Avenue at approximately 7:02 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. – A 9-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man at a bus stop in west Eugene Wednesday morning, according to the Eugene Police Department.

Police said the incident occurred at River Road and Park Avenue at approximately 7:02 a.m.

Police received information that a man walked toward the girl at a brisk pace after jumping out of bushes. The girl ran away to a safe location.

The suspect is described as an older, white man with a scruffy, white beard, wearing a black hat with full brim, blue shirt, brown jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the case should call the Eugene Police Department at 541-682-5111.

Following the incident, police released the following 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.