NORFOLK, Va. – Neighbors in an East Beach neighborhood are paying closer attention to their surroundings after police say a suspicious man chased after a woman jogger last week.
According to Norfolk Police, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, the woman was jogging in the 9500 block of 24th Bay Street when she noticed the man in her peripherals. Police say she was able to escape from the man who continued to follow her by running back to her home and calling police.
Norfolk police say they captured the man a few streets away from the woman’s home. He allegedly had his belt off and his zipper down. Police say they charged him with loitering.
According to police, this incident mimics another jogger attack.
In December, a woman reported to police that she was attacked while running near the Hague in Downtown Norfolk. In that incident, police say the woman was grabbed and scratched as she fought to get away. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police are asking anyone outside exercising in the morning to travel in groups if possible. They also suggest carrying your cell phone and calling if you see anything or anyone suspicious.