Woman says stranger followed, stalked her

Posted at 11:07 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 02:07:40-04

An East County woman told 10News she escaped a strange man following her who she believes was trying to kidnap her.

“I was not going to be his victim. I didn’t care how I was going to get away. That was just not going to happen,” the woman said.

She did not want us to use her name.

“I was walking through the park. A car, a grey Focus started following me,” she said.

It happened across the street from Lindo Park Elementary School on Lakeshore Drive just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, she said.

“I got this feeling in my gut that something wasn’t right,” she said.

“He just stared at me. He looked so hard; it was like he was looking through me. It was the worst feeling ever,” she said.

“I tried to walk faster when I realized he was following me. There was nobody around and my phone was dead."

She was on the trail near the road. He was driving slowly on the street.

“He went, turned around. Came back down again,” she said. “He parked diagonal at the end of the street so I couldn’t get by."

She said she tried to walk around the car.

“That’s when my back was to him and he opened the door and he was getting out,” she said, “So I ran to the house that was closet to me and I just started pounding on the door.”

No one was home.

“He went to go get out of the car again, then I just started talking to the screen like there was someone home. Then he waited a minute, then he left,” she said.

“I was lucky and I don’t want someone else not to get lucky,” she said.

She described the man as in his 30s, white, with brown hair, clean-cut, wearing a collared dress shirt.

10News contacted the Sheriff’s Department after hours Monday to see what they are doing about the case, but they did not respond by air time Monday night.