South Hill residents, be on alert
SPOKANE, Wash. -
“He looked me in the face. He knew I was afraid.”
That’s how a Spokane woman named Caroline began to describe what happened to her on the South Hill Friday. She asked that KHQ not show her face or share her last name because she said she is still terrified. Caroline said she and her dog Dexter were running through the trails on the High Drive bluff near Hatch Friday around 10:30 am when a man popped out from behind a tree and blindsided her.
“The trail goes into a very deep ravine, and it’s very dark in there. And that’s where he came out of the woods at me,” said Caroline. “I was absolutely panicked. I’m not going to lie I was panicked.”
Caroline said she started to run faster, but the man came after her.
“He started trying to engage me in conversation, asking me where I was parked, could I help him, where did I come from. He was looking for a woman with a backpack,” said Caroline.
She said she knew something wasn’t right.
“I started running very fast, and I turned around and he turned and starting running after me,” said Caroline.
She called her husband and didn’t stop running until she made it back up the bluff.
“I was up there gasping trying to catch my breath,” said Caroline.
Seconds later, Caroline realized the man was still coming after her.
“I stood there and straight up from the bushes the guy came. Literally he had been right behind me,” said Caroline. “He chased me for a mile.”
Caroline said she got a good look at the man before she continued to run away. Once she made it safely to her car, she called 911 and gave a description. She said the man was in his 30s, white, between 5’10” and 6’ tall, 160 to 170 pounds with reddish blond hair. She and her husband put that description on flyers placed throughout the bluffs.
“We just thought that women needed to be aware,” said Caroline.
Caroline added that she is still not sure if she’ll run through the bluffs in the future, but if she does, she’ll be armed.
“In the past, I did not carry a weapon. I will carry one now,” said Caroline.
KHQ asked Spokane Police if there have been other cases like Caroline's recently, and they said no. Police did say to trust your instincts and call 911 if you think you're in danger.