Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Man Stalks Early Morning Walkers Police Seek Info after Reports Man Stalking Walkers; Warning after Reports of Man Following Female Joggers by Condamine River

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Man Stalks Early Morning Walkers Police Seek Info after Reports Man Stalking Walkers; Warning after Reports of Man Following Female Joggers by Condamine River

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Jeremy Sollars

Editor

A WARWICK woman has spoken of her panic at being stalked by a hoodie-wearing stranger while on her morning walk through the Condamine River Green Belt.

As reported yesterday, two female joggers contacted the police last Friday morning after a man in his mid-20s exposed himself to them near the O.O. Madsen Bridge.

The women alleged the incident occurred about 7.30am, but a third woman has come forward reporting having been followed by what is thought to be the same man for several hundred metres an hour or so earlier.

Police have this week attempted to locate the man without success and have asked the public for any information in relation to suspicious activity on Warwick's public walking and bike paths.

The woman who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said she had been walking her dog along the river starting near the Queens Park skate bowl at 6.30am.

She said she first spotted a male wearing dark clothing and a hoodie seated on a bench beside the walking trail near the first bend in the river, apparently looking down at a phone in his hands.

"He stood up and took his hoodie off and started walking in front of me," the woman said.

"He had on large sunglasses so it was still difficult to make out his face.

"I went past him quickly and when I turned around he had disappeared, which I thought was weird, and then the next thing I knew he was ahead of me again in the (exercise) rotunda near the footy fields and was glancing back at me.

"That was when I started getting panicky and there was not one other person around.

"I kept walking in the direction of the boat ramp which is where I usually go, trying to keep calm and I kept looking all around in case he came out again somewhere, like the area up behind Ryanie For Tyres.

"Not long after I turned around before the footbridge and he was under the (Madsen) Bridge with his hoodie back on but that was the last I saw of him."

The walker said at one point she pretended to call someone on he mobile phone which she feels may have persuaded him to take off. …

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