Second incident of teenage girl being followed takes place near Fox Hollow Road
EUGENE, Ore. - A safety report has been issued from the Eugene Police Department after a teenage girl reported that she was followed home from school in the Fox Hollow area of South Eugene on Monday, November 13.
This is the second incident of a teenage girl being followed home by a stranger, the first of which happened at Kelly Middle School off of River Road on November 9.
In the second incident, a 15-year-old girl got off an LTD bus at the Fox Hollow Road bus stop after school. A male subject also got off the bus and followed her in the same direction, going as far as to tail her down a private driveway.
Debbie Janacek, of the EPD says that this incident is especially worrisome because it happened in a secluded area, where abductions typically take place.
"That behavior is a little -- that's concerning," said Janacek.
Luckily, neighbors arrived in this case, and the man left the scene. But Janacek reminds everyone that a good piece of advice is to always be aware of your surroundings.
"I think it's an important time to really talk to your students and talk to people about being safe when it comes to going to and from school," said Janacek. "Scanning, looking around, paying attention to what's going on and who's around, and them maintaining your personal space."
EPD says that parents should still have their eyes peeled for the person involved in the incident. He has been described as a white male in his 30's, standing at about 5'7" or 5'9" feet tall with bald or short-cropped hair. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved top and pants.
The police department say this incident should serve as a reminder to teenagers to take precautions any time they walk home.
The girl that was followed home from Kelly Middle School just a few days before this incident says the event also took place in the late afternoon hours, but the description of the man for the incident on River Road is different than the description of the individual on Fox Hollow.
Nonetheless, police are reviewing both reports to see if there is any connection with the cases.