Student files police report after being approached by stranger

An FSU student was approached by a man in a car on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m., according to a Framingham State University Police Department (FSUPD) public announcement on Facebook.

The man pulled up next to the student at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Athletic Field parking lot. According to the post, the man was described as a “middle-aged Hispanic male” who drove a brown GMC Suburban type SUV.

The student said the man asked “repeatedly” if they wanted a ride to campus, but the student refused to get in. The student did not recognize man, who “drove off slowly.”

The Facebook posting advised the campus community to contact FSUPD at 508-626-4911 if the vehicle in question is seen on campus. No crime was committed but “the University Police would like to speak with the operator.”

When contacted, FSUPD declined to comment and said they will go through the normal channels of updating the campus about the investigation.

FSPD Officer Maguire said patrols will be monitoring that area, adding there is no direct threat to the campus community.

Senior Charity Hicks said, “What is the next step to keep this from happening? How are they going to follow up on further attempts?”

Sophomore Pamela Santos thought the situation was “kind of freaky, because that’s in the daylight. I feel like we should have been told.”

Sophomore Mackenzie Lynos said, “That’s kind of scary. You don’t really hear about that stuff happening around here.”

Senior Kayla Brice said, “I know it could happen, but – wow. I don’t even have the words to describe how I feel about that. Uncomfortable? I want to know what’s being done right now to prevent it from happening. … Can I even feel safe on campus if that’s going to happen?”