Eugene teen hides after man in pickup attempts to lure, then chase her
EUGENE, Ore. -- It's every parent's worst nightmare, one they hope their family never experiences.
But for one Eugene family, the scenario became all too real when a phone call came from their 17-year-old daughter saying a man tried to lure her to his car.
It was just before 4 p.m. Tuesday when Eugene Police received the call.
The girl, whose name is Tylor, hid in the backyard of a house waiting for help to arrive, hoping the man wasn't waiting for her.
It was a warm, sunny day in the River Road area of Eugene and Tylor, who usually goes on after-school runs with friends, decided this time she'd go alone.
“This car approached super quick in front of me and stopped."
She says it was a 1980s white Ford Ranger with a canopy, utility rack and Oregon plates with trees on it.
She says inside the truck sat a white man in his sixties, clean shaven with white hair and wearing glasses.
It was a man she had never seen before.
"Signaling for me to come to his car and whispering, 'come here.'"
Tylor says she screamed, "no," and ran. The man then stepped on the gas and drove after her.
"At that point I didn't know what to do, so I ran up to a nearby house, up to the front door."
Tylor says a number of things went through her mind at the time of the incident, but says she instantly remembered her parents telling her to never approach a stranger's car.
"I was scared about what could have happened, but I knew I was safe when I was on the phone with 911. I knew he wasn't going to come back and that I was okay, and that I was going to be with my parents shortly."
For Tylor and her family, it's unsettling.
"To not feel safe in a neighborhood is disturbing."
But it’s a lesson she will keep with her.
"I was always told that it's going to be very rare for it to happen, but now that it has happened, it's so surreal. And, everyone should have the mindset that it can happen to you."
It’s a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings and to always keep safety in mind.
Tylor says this incident happened near bus stops in the neighborhood about the time buses would drop elementary and high school aged kids off.
If you notice anything suspicious similar to this scenario, or have any information regarding this incident, contact police.
Eugene Police remind you to use the buddy system when walking after dark or in areas less frequented by people.
They say to keep plenty of distance between yourself and people you don't wish to approach you, and if you feel you’re in danger or being followed, call 9-1-1.