Teenagers suspicious of man who pretended he needed a ride

Posted at 8:19 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 11:56:51-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A teenage couple reported an encounter with a man they didn't know near the In-N-Out Burger on Eastlake Parkway in Chula Vista.

Natalie Newton and Jacob Knight, both 17, were eating fast food in their pickup truck on June 20 when they said a man they did not know approached the vehicle.

The man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, running shorts and gray Nike running shoes, the teens said. According to Newton and Knight, the man claimed he had leg cramps from running and asked for a ride to his house.

The teens said they were suspicious because the man wasn't sweating and he was wearing a sweatshirt in 80-degree weather. Newton said she didn't feel safe, and the man walked away after a few minutes.

Knight said, "I knew he was pretty sketchy."

Newton, who described the man as in his 30s with dark, thinning hair, said, "He was walking completely fine. He obviously wasn't telling the truth, and he wanted to lure us, maybe."

Newton called the police, who told her there had been similar incidents of someone asking for a ride.

"There are people who are going to be doing dangerous things. I think it's important to let yourself be aware of that," Newtown told 10News.

10News reached out to Chula Vista police to see if the incidents are related, but police have not responded.