An investigation is underway after a woman claims that a man attempted to force her into his car.
Police officers responded to a stalking call at the library at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The 21-year-old woman told police she had exited the bus and walked toward the university when a man driving a white Chevy Impala attempted to force her in his car.
The man allegedly told the woman he had seen her in the area and that he wanted to be with her. The woman hurried toward the library, and notified university police about the incident. Laredo police are investigating.
When you're put into a situation like this, being prepared is your best defense. We visited a local school of martial arts to find out what to look for when choosing a course on self defense. James Johnson has more, James.
The world of martial arts is vast and there are plenty of different styles to choose from. According to one martial arts instructor we spoke with, knowing what your trying to get out of the class is important.
A woman geting off the bus thursday morning is approched by a suspicious man claiming he's seen her before. The man was seen driving a car along the side of the road trying to get her into his car. The woman repeatedly ignored the suspect and at some point the man stopped his car and tried to physically pull her into his vehicle by her purse.
[cg:newsuper\joe baeza\laredo police department] 02:11:53:09 "the individual was saying he had seen her before and the woman didn't know who he was before this, but had seen her routine."
According to police the suspect was familiar with the woman’s routine of riding the bus. The suspect was able to inticipate seeing the woman everyday at the same time and is why they tell people to be aware of their surroundings.
[cg:newsuper\joe baeza\laredo police department] 02:13:12:01 "you need to be aware of your surroundings because criminals do it. They notice these things and prey on people that are tuned out.
In addition to being aware to what's going on around you finding a self defense course may also come in handy. The world of marital arts is extensive and finding the right course is important.
02:26:35:07 "what are they trying to achieve are they trying to lose weight or defend themselves. 02:28:28:29 "there's alot of martial arts taught you can use on the street but that's not ture.
Professor Buitron is a savate instructor and has taught this verison of martial arts in Laredo for 39 years. Savate is a style of fighting designed for the street because of it's self defense style.
02:30:00:03 "the world of martial arts is amazing but people need to understand what they're there for.
Police are still investigating this case.
Now both the martial arts instructor and the laredo police say they feel the woman did the right thing in getting help by running to an area where alot of people were present. For KGNS, I’m James Johnson.