NORMAN, Okla. — There is a warning going out in Norman about a man stalking young women in the busy parking lots around Norman Regional Hospital. Now that warning is causing a bit of trouble for police. It all started with an online police report and a flyer meant for women in the area.
The intention was good when the note was sent to employees about the man described in his 30’s or 40’s driving an older gold or yellow pickup with a camper shell. However, the alert to watch out spun out of control into rumors of rape and abduction that police have no record of. It makes the case hard case to investigate.
The first report of the problem came in to Norman Police on Wednesday. Sergeant Jennifer Newell says the reporting party told police, “What this person was doing was blocking people in sometimes saying obscenities both in English and Spanish and allegedly video taping or photographing mostly younger blonde females.”
Phyllis Deere works in the area and says she received the note. She says, “We also received an email about someone across the street where someone tied like a red rag around her door handle to where it took her 20 minutes to untie it. It’s scary.”
Sgt. Newell says, “What our concern is is that there are emails being sent around and this has gone from somebody who is acting suspiciously to in this email this is a person being described as a rapist, stalker, and there have been multiple rapes in the area when we have nothing to corroborate that information.”
Just because no one has made a report of rape, or anything that violent, doesn’t mean police aren’t taking this seriously. They will have extra patrols in the area especially before and after work hours when some say the man has been seen the most.
If you have been a victim of this man, please call police. And until this is all sorted out, use the buddy system, park in well lit areas, and be aware of your surroundings.