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UO students on edge after multiple suspicious incidents near campus

Eugene Police told KEZI 9 News that they received a report at 1:55 p.m. Sunday of a woman screaming inside a vehicle near UO campus.

Posted: Jan 24, 2021 5:29 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2021 12:49 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon students are on edge after multiple reports of a woman screaming inside of a car near campus.

Police said they were called to the corner of East 13th Ave and Patterson Street just before 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Eugene police said they got a report of a woman who was screaming in a car. The caller said a man approached her and made a shushing gesture and then the screaming stopped.

The Eugene Police Department said their officers were unable to locate both the man and the woman when they arrived. They said they have no reports of a kidnapping in their system.

However, several UO students claim they saw a woman get pushed into a truck without a license plate.

KEZI 9 News spoke to Adam Susman who is a senior at the university. He said students are frightened and tense walking around.

Susman also said many are starting to buy pepper spray and tasers to protect themselves and are afraid to go out alone. 

"College-aged girls right now seem to be an easy target that men are trying to take advantage of," Susman said. "It's really scary."

The University of Oregon Police Department sent out a bulletin to students this past week saying they've received two reports of a suspicious man approaching students in their cars and asking for a ride.

On Jan. 21 UOPD received two reports of a suspicious individual approaching UO students, persistently asking for a ride.

The individual in those reports is described as a white male in his late 30s and 40s with a skinny build and receding hairline. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket and jeans.

The first incident involved two female UO students who were parked in a car in a parking lot south of Global Scholars Hall. It occurred on January 18 around 10:30 p.m.

The second incident, on January 20 around 7:30 a.m., involved a male UO student who was parking on Villard Street.

Police have not said those two incidents last week are related to what happened Sunday afternoon. However, students told KEZI the combination of both suspicious incidents are what makes this so unsettling.

UOPD tweeted Sunday night saying they’re aware of the Eugene Police Department taking a report about a woman screaming in a car that caused concern on social media.
“There is no indication at this time that a crime was committed or that a UO student was involved,” UOPD said.

UOPD said they are in touch with the Eugene Police Department and will actively monitor developments.

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