Friday, July 30, 2010

Scary Stuff

This week we had an attempted abduction of a female runner in our area.  At 7:15 in the morning.  The sun is up at that hour.  You should feel safe running outside when it is light.  The attempted abduction DID take place in a very desolate area of our county.  (Very, very, very desolate... Like farms are a good mile or half mile off the "main" gravel road.)

But...

My friends and I have been stalked by this creepy old man for about a year.  The stalking got increasingly worse.  He would wait for us on random side streets.  Side streets that people don't just drive down for the heck of it.  So, we called the police and we haven't seen him for about nine months.  And, now he's back.  Intermittently enough that we can't really call again.

It gets better, though...

This morning the girls and I met around 5 am to get our 12 miles in before the weekend.  And, of course, we're all a bit jittery because of this week's attempted abduction.  There was a car that went ZOOMING past us, again, and again?  This happened at the beginning of the run. And, sure enough 45 minutes later he found us in a random, quiet, almost elderly neighborhood.  He looked for us ...   in town.  And, he passed us three times in that neighborhood. All of this was ON PURPOSE.

This morning's situation was scarier, though, than the van thing.  Mainly because he was much younger, he seemed angry, almost violent with his crazy fast driving, and he could easily hurt us if he wanted to.  I'm thankful that there were three of us, and that I wasn't running on my own.

It is disturbing.  I've been in touch with the police, we got a portion of the license plate number.  But, it's still scary.  Be careful out there...

3 comments:

Melis B said...

I've been worried about you since I read about that attempted kidnapping. It's so scary....be careful out there!!

Michele Holmes said...

This is scary! I couldn't believe the attempted abduction I read in the paper, and now this crazy guy following you (again), and this recent episode. Makes me a bit uneasy. I am nervous about my morning runs once school starts, because I usually go by myself, since no one is interested in getting up that early in my neck of the woods to run with me! I've always got my mace with me, so that makes me a bit more settled, but I know Jeff worries about me running alone...be careful!
Have a great weekend!

katie k-h said...

Michelle, I am going to email you via work email about running in the am! I think just being aware of cars, vans, trucks that pass back and forth, back and forth is really important. I know I'm driving the police around here crazy...