MICHIGAN CITY – Michigan City police are about to make some changes after a jogger narrowly escaped a dangerous situation.
Michigan City Police Chief of Services Royce Williams says a woman was jogging Tuesday at Striebel Pond in the area of Earl Road and Hitchcock when two men tried to speak with her. But the woman didn’t know exactly what was said as she ran past them.
After a couple of laps, the jogger turned a corner when one of the men appeared near the wood line and tried pulling her toward the woods. The other man was approaching from the rear. However, before she was pulled into the woods, she was able to break free and run to her car, allowing her to get away.
Both men were described as white males in their 20’s. One of the men was wearing a white hat with black writing, a gray Nike T-shirt and denim shorts. The second man has brown hair, was wearing a red T-shirt and denim shorts.
The Michigan City Police Department initially received the information after the event occurred, but Williams says the officer who took the call failed to initiate a report, to inform this urgent matter to the Detective Division and to get this information out to the public, as required.
Because of what happened, Williams says police will be implementing a Twitter account, so vital information can immediately be broadcast to the public (Twitter followers). Williams says this will also tell Twitter followers of incidents such as prison/jail escapes, armed and dangerous persons, Amber Alerts and more.
To take part, Williams says you can create a free Twitter account, search for Michigan City Police Department, and follow.
MCPD is asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything, to please contact Det. Kay Pliske at (219) 984-3221, ext. 315. Pliske is actively investigating the case.
Meanwhile, Williams says there will be aggressive patrolling around the Striebel Pond area and other parts in the community.
As a safety reminder, Michigan City police are asking us to be aware of our surroundings and to follow these abduction prevention tips:
- Buddy System – don’t go alone
- If you plan to jog alone, stay in public areas, carry a personal alarm system, mace or pepper spray
- Don’t impede your situational awareness by wearing headphones. You might not be able to hear someone approaching
- Walk in open areas and try to avoid wooded or secluded areas
- Walk in well-lit areas only