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Incident Reports Around U of O Keep Investigators Busy

Brian Bull

Rumors of an abduction near the University of Oregon campus have yielded no evidence or witnesses, according to Eugene Police. But there are still reports of a suspicious man lurking in the area. 

Sunday afternoon (1/24/21) several people reported hearing a woman screaming inside a truck, outside Nova Urgent Care.  In a post shared on social media, a man reportedly made a "ssshhh" gesture before the screaming stopped, and the truck pulled away.

But to date, no one has come forward to provide eyewitness testimony to the account, nor has any information come out about who originated the post.  And Eugene Police say security footage from Nova Urgent Care instead shows two men embracing, then talking, standing outside a black pickup.  At one point, a child is taken out of the vehicle, then placed into the back seat by the driver. No one in the video appears distressed at any point. 

Meanwhile, U of O Police are investigating reportsof a thin white man in his 30s or 40s, with a receding hairline and wearing dark jacket and jeans, banging on student’s car windows, asking for a ride.  One student shared her January 18th experience on TikTok

TIKTOKCLIP: “He keeps persisting and will not leave us alone. He hides behind the car next to us and stares at us for like five minutes. He didn’t even look homeless, he wasn’t carrying a luggage, looked like he had a shower that morning, he was clean-shaven, was wearing nice clothes."

The January 18th encounter was in a parking lot south of Global Scholars Hall.

A second incident was reported by a male student on January 20th  while parking on Villard Street. The man claimed to need a ride to Los Angeles.

The U of O police says these incidents are unresolved, with investigations are ongoing.  They're asking anyone with information to call UOPD at (541)346-2919.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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