We got this disturbing note from a reader yesterday. Forewarned is forearmed.
Today I walked across the west lawn at The Good Shepherd and when about half across a man from about 30 feet away spoke loudly to me. He complimented me on my bright-colored coat. He caught up with me and I explained I bought it at Value Village.
I expected him to move on but as I walked north across the grass he followed beside and kept talking and asking questions. When we reached the NW corner of the grassy area I glanced over at him and noticed he was folding a jack knife and I inwardly panicked and I wondered why the knife had been open.
I crossed 50th on Meridian and turned sharp to the east and he followed. All the time he was talking loudly right next to me. At Keystone I turned abruptly north and he stayed with me. He stayed with me to almost where I live and suddenly he asked me a question and I said I did not know the answer and he yelled “No more to do with you!” He then walked away going east on 55th/56th. I was totally unnerved and saw a neighbor and told him what happened and then at my home I phoned 911 and then I phoned the manager at The Good Shepherd.
The gentlemen is normally dressed, fashionable brown fedora-type hat, blue Gortex REI-like rain jacket and light-colored trousers. I then had to walk to the UW Hospital so I changed my appearance. Be alert and be with a companion. I was sort of unnerved.
Sort of unnerved. There’s the understatement of the day!