Police: Strange man offered kids ride home from school near Eugene park

"Police received a call from a concerned parent of a middle-school aged child who reported a suspicious man had been asking students if they needed a ride home. The youth reported that he saw no students accept the offer," Eugene Police said Thursday. "This incident is located within a half-mile of Arts & Technology Academy. The man had been located by Westmoreland Park on the east side of Bi-Mart in a grey station-wagon type vehicle."

EUGENE, Ore. - A suspicious man offered students a ride home from school Wednesday afternoon, Eugene Police said.

"Police received a call from a concerned parent of a middle-school aged child who reported a suspicious man had been asking students if they needed a ride home. The youth reported that he saw no students accept the offer," Eugene Police said Thursday. "This incident is located within a half-mile of Arts & Technology Academy. The man had been located by Westmoreland Park on the east side of Bi-Mart in a grey station-wagon type vehicle."

The man was described as a white male in his 20s or 30s with short curly brown hair and no facial hair.

He was last seen wearing an all-black sweatsuit.

Police responded to the area after receiving the call from the concerned parent but were unable to locate the man.

"The youth and his parent are commended for bringing this circumstance to attention," police said.

Investigators ask anyone with information related to the incident to call (541) 682-5111.

Eugene Police offered these general personal 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. 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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