UTPD calls for caution in light of suspicious event

Julia Brouillette

UTPD reported a female student was approached by a man who tried to get her to enter his car Friday near Guadalupe and the 2600 block of Whitis around 4:15 p.m.

According to the report, the man drove an off-white, older model four-door sedan. He asked the student for directions to the Chemical Petroleum Engineering building, which is located near the intersection of San Jacinto and Dean Keaton.

The man stopped his car next to the student and proceeded to tell her to enter his car so that she could show him how to get to the building, according to the report. The student refused to enter the vehicle and left the area before calling the police.

UTPD officer William Pieper added precautionary tips to the report.

“First and foremost, there is safety in numbers,” he wrote. “Whenever possible, go places with friends. Always have your cellular telephone on you and keep it charged.”

Pieper recommended calling the police anytime you feel threatened.

“Call the Police Department anytime you find yourself asking, ‘Should I call the Police?’,” Pieper wrote. “Be aware of your surroundings and have an escape route.”