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Jogger experiences uncomfortable situation on rail trail, investigation underway

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The Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after a woman said she encountered an uncomfortable situation while running along the rail trail in Kochville Township.

Sheriff Bill Federspiel said on May 1, about 5:30 p.m., the woman said she was jogging on the trail near Mackinac Road when two men in a red, two-door Ford truck whistled at her. She told investigators they made her uncomfortable, but she continued running towards Bay Road.

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When she got closer to Bay Road she said the same two men in the same red truck were in a business parking lot. She said at that time they rolled their windows down, whistled and said some things to her.

The woman said she went to Tractor Supply and called her husband.

Investigators said they are looking into the incident and will attempt to try and track down the men in the truck.

"We're taking it seriously. We have a citizen who stated she was uneasy and we want to make sure that everybody feels comfortable in Saginaw County," Federspiel said.

The woman was not injured, and she was unable to get a license plate number.

"We are checking to see if there's any video to see if we can't identify the truck, get a plate number and try to identify the individuals who were in that vehicle," Federspiel.

He said what the two men did does not warrant an arrest, but he wants to talk to them.

"We would have a record on file with that individual's name that we spoke with them. Even if they're not listed as a suspect in a crime they know we know who they are. And so if they did have any other type of motivations that were more sinister, hopefully we would deter them from doing anything further," Federspiel said.

He said the men never got out of the truck and no assault took place. He said he hopes everyone can have some respect when engaging others in the community.

"If there's any guys out there, make sure you don't do that. Don't do that. That's demeaning to women," Federspiel said.

How to protect yourself

You can't always prevent threats from happening, but you can protect yourself.

"We used to always have 'if then' thinking. If this happens then I'm going to do that. Now, we say 'when then' thinking. When this happened then I'm going to do this. So, always be prepared," said Master Joseph Stricker, owner of Martial Arts Connection in Saginaw.

Stricker displayed some moves that can be used if you're being attacked. The first was using a jogger unit.

"This is pepper spray and it fits around your hand. It doesn't come off. You can jog with it, you can run with it. You can also defend yourself with it and not worry about it coming off," Stricker said. "All I have to do is create a barrier, spray and create that barrier to get my distance to get away."

He also showed the best way to get away if you're being attacked from the front.

"When a person grabs your hand, they want to pull. We don't wanna get into a pull and push. So, I just go toward him and I cover their face. They can't see, their eyes are all focused on this and they don't know what's coming off from here," Stricker said.

He also demonstrated if the attacker comes from behind.

"I immediately just bring my arms up like this. If I have to, I can elbow to the back and spray," Stricker said.

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