Police: Teen girl reports being followed home from Eugene school

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Police Department has issued a safety alert after a teenager reported being followed on her way home from school.

EPD says a 13-year-old girl reported she was followed home by a man on November 9 from Kelly Middle School around 3:30 p.m.

Police say they received the report on Wednesday, November 15.

She reported he followed her all the way to her home and then stood outside until an adult arrived at which point the man ran away, the report said.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s with a thin build, wavy, shoulder-length hair that is reddish brown, and a beard.

He was last seen wearing a brown or green zip-up sweater with grayish-colored jeans.

If anyone has information in the case they are asked to call (541) 682-5111.

General Safety Tips from EPD:

  • 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 all eye contact because perpetrators can mistake this for fear and vulnerability, instead project awareness of your environment.
  • Don’t let strangers into your ‘space.’ Keep plenty of distance between yourself and people you don’t wish to approach you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and eliminate distractions or items that limit your ability to scan your environment
  • 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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