VB runners warn about suspicious incidents

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Runners in Virginia Beach have taken to social media to warn each other about reports of suspicious incidents throughout the city.

A woman who did not want to be identified said she was running with her children Monday night at 6 p.m., when a man in a white SUV with black rims started stalking her. She said she was near the soccer fields in the area of Dam Neck Road and Princess Anne Road.

“I noticed that he circled around the block and was driving very slow and he kept looking at me and staring at me, and that’s what made me feel uncomfortable at first. He actually pulled over to the side of the road this time and he actually stopped and he was just staring at me. I pulled out my phone and I showed him and I yelled, ‘I’m calling the cops,’ because he was scaring me,” she said.

The woman said she called 9-1-1 and ran home.

“It makes me that much more fearful about just leaving your house in general. It makes me scared for other people in the community, especially runners who have their iPods in and they zone out and they’re not paying attention, and they could be approached by someone and not even realize it,” she said.

Virginia Beach Police said they had one confirmed report of a woman who was running in the 2600 block of Seaboard Road at 10:20 a.m. Friday, when she said a man started chasing her. A crime analyst was reviewing reports about other incidents. Police have not released a description of a suspect in the case on Seaboard Road.

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