Eugene, Ore. – A woman was walking south on the East Bank Bike Path behind Keifer’s Mazda at 11:06 p.m., on July 14, when she passed a man heading north.
The man greeted her. A short time later she prudently looked over her shoulder and the man was catching back up to her quickly. The woman was on alert and had already pulled her pepper spray out. The suspect again started talking to the woman, but then pushed her to the ground, causing abrasions. The woman started screaming and the suspect put his hand over her mouth and threatened to kill her.
The woman sprayed the suspect with pepper spray and continued to scream, while the suspect ran off. EPD Patrol and Lane County Sheriff’s Office K9 responded with an extensive search but they were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white male, in his 60s, 5’5” tall, 140-150 pounds, with shoulder length wavy or curly hair.
If anyone has suspect information, they are asked to contact the non-emergency line at 541.682.5111. Note: the final report was not yet in so suspect descriptions and other information may be updated at a later time.
The woman in this case is to be commended for her handling of the attack, from fighting back, to calling 911 and helping to provide suspect descriptions.
The following are general personal safety tips:
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 or in ‘fringe’ areas, which are places there are fewer people travelling, allowing them a chance to victimize you without chancing witnesses. 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