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SOU warns students about 'predatory behavior' of man

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University issued a statement to students Friday warning them of a man who displayed "predatory behavior" toward two female students.

The man reportedly asked a student Thursday to accompany him to Hannon Library. The man claimed he had a disability requiring the student to help him with research on the third floor, said Eric Rodriguez, co-director of campus public safety.

"He obviously had moved things around in a room to block sight lines into the area," Rodriguez said. "The student felt something wasn't right and left the area."

The man had brought reference items into the room that were not normally stored there, Rodriguez added.

Even though the man never made contact with or threatened the student, Rodriguez said he exhibited "predatory behavior."

A similar incident involving who authorities say is the same man happened in February.

"He sounded very persuasive and the story was the same, like he'd been practicing it," Rodriguez said. "We can't know for sure what he's up to, but his behavior is concerning to us."

He is described in both incidents as an older white male, balding with gray hair and dressed in a suit in the first instance and sport coat in the latest incident.

Campus public safety advises students to walk with a friend when visiting the campus at night.

If you have any information on this case please contact Campus Public Safety at 541 552-6258 or 541-552-6911.