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Shoppers warn about stranger harassing women outside Target stores

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Photo of man suspected of harassing women outside Portland area Target stores. Photo of man suspected of harassing women outside Portland area Target stores.
Photo of man suspected of harassing women outside Portland area Target stores. Photo of man suspected of harassing women outside Portland area Target stores.
Women have reported the incidents to police and security, and Target said they are looking into the reports. Women have reported the incidents to police and security, and Target said they are looking into the reports.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Women reported being harassed by a strange man in two different Target parking lots in the Portland metro area this week.

One woman told FOX 12 the man tried to get into her car in the parking lot of the Clackamas Promenade Target on Wednesday evening.

“He jiggled it. Fortunately my car door was locked,” said Amy, who asked to be identified only by her last name due to safety concerns.“He wanted me to get out of my car. I told him no. Then he proceeded to the front of my car and motioned for me to get out.”

Amy said the man eventually left her alone, but she watched him approach several other women in the parking lot.

“If there happened to have been a male and female who parked at the same time, this individual hid behind a nearby car until the male went into the store and then waited for the female to exit the car and then approached her immediately,” she said.

Amy does not know what the man wanted, but she found the his behavior disturbing.

She reported him to store security and posted a warning on a Facebook group for moms in Happy Valley.

A second woman told FOX 12 a man matching the description approached several women in the parking lot of the Mall 205 Target on Thursday afternoon.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said she was already on alert after reading Amy’s Facebook post, so she rushed to her car.

The man approached her vehicle and tried to talk to her through her window, but left when she reversed the car.

She did not know what he wanted or what he said to the other women, but she felt uncomfortable.

The woman took several cell phone photos of the man, which she turned over to Portland police.

Officers would like to hear from the man in the photos.

Amy said the incidents should not deter women from shopping at big box stores, but shoppers should be on alert.

“I just want to let other women within the Portland metro area know that we just have to take care of ourselves and become more aware of our surroundings and take proper precautions,” she said.

A spokeswoman for Target said she was looking into the reports.

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