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Teens caught on camera taunting woman and dog

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Teens caught on camera taunting woman and dog

EUGENE, Ore. -- Four teens were caught on camera taunting an elderly woman and her dog in Eugene this month.

It happened at the intersection of Goodpasture Loop and Goodpasture Island Road at about 4 p.m. on Dec. 2. Eugene resident Ben Johnson caught the incident on his dash camera while driving in the area on his way home from work. He said when he saw what was happening, he immediately pulled over.

"I asked her if she was okay, and she said no, they were throwing things at her, harassing her, hurting her dog -- all these things -- and she was bawling," Johnson said.

He said the teens were even throwing cigarettes at her.

After stopping to help, he gave the woman a ride home. He said during the car ride, the woman was crying nonstop and was upset about what happened.

Johnson said he believes the woman may have said something to the boys that caused them to respond aggressively. But he said whether that's the case or not, they shouldn't have acted like this.

"If someone especially by themselves, a woman, an elderly person, you don't go on the offensive ever against them," Johnson said.

He hopes the teens will learn a lesson.

"I would love for their parents to sit down with them and say this is not acceptable for society," Johnson said.

Johnson also told KEZI the woman was very concerned about her dog. He said she believed the teens were trying to hurt her pet. He said she was very shaken up, holding her dog close the entire way home.

"It's disturbing to see that kind of thing in my neighborhood," Johnson said.

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