Police: Officers have contacted man about incidents that alarmed Sheldon students
EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Police say they have spoken to a man who matches the description of the person whose behavior alarmed students walking home from school in the Sheldon area.
"On Monday, October 29, Eugene Police contacted a man matching this description and spoke with him," police said in a statement October 31. "We are thankful for the tips we received regarding this incident."
They contacted the man, and during this were able to identify who he is. Based on the incident details and based on the contact, there was no crime committed. That said, we appreciate the reports being made and the tips received. It is important to follow through on all of these.
The incidents became cause for public concern Friday when police notified the public that students walking home from Sheldon High School had reported suspicious behavior by an unknown man in a metallic-colored van.
In one incident, the 14-year-old was followed by the van as she walked on Regency Drive, and continued to follow her at walking pace until she veered off her normal route to get away from it.
In the other incident, the 16-year-old was approached by the man on foot in the parking lot of Bi-Mart on Willakenzie Road and he continued to ask her if she needed a ride, and pointed toward the van.
The juvenile attempted to avoid contact and left toward a nearby group of students.
The man is described as a white male above the age of 50 with grayish-brown hair, partially bald, some facial hair and a “beer belly”.