Police received information that a student at the Arts and Technology Academy was at the bus stop this morning around 8:20 a.m., at 21st Avenue and City View, when an unknown man, walking northbound on City View approached the 14-year-old female, and threatened to sexually assault her if she was at the bus stop tomorrow. After making contact with the student, the man continued to walk northbound on City View.
The man is described as a white male approximately 6’4” tall, between late 40s early 50s in age, stout, black hair, with an unkempt appearance, and was carrying a rectangular box-type item that appeared wrapped in green plastic.
If anyone has information in this case, they should call 541.682.5111.
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