Woman: Henderson police failed to respond to 911 call

March 11, 2013 8:11:52 PM PDT
A woman harassed by a man in a grocery store parking lot called 911, but she said help never came.

The woman, who does not want her identity released, said it happened around 11:15 a.m. Monday in Henderson. It was a time when police said they were experiencing a high of volume of calls.

The woman was outside a Food Lion when she first noticed a random man waving at her.  Her list of errands took her a few doors down to the Family Dollar. That's where, once again, the man stood outside, watching.

"He says 'Oh like the red boots. You got the red boots on to match the car,'" said the woman.

She said she doesn't scare easily. However, just a few weeks ago law enforcement at a community meeting addressed the recent crime in the area, including rape.

So far, no one has been arrested.

That was all the woman could think about as the man watched her go from store to store.

She tried waiting him out, but when she walked out of Family Dollar, he spoke to her again.

"He says, 'I waited on you,'" said the woman.

As she tried to get into her car, he asked her where she lived, and if she was married. He even tried shaking her hand.

"It's really freaking me out," said the woman.

She drove just a few feet away to call 911, but after 10 to 15 minutes, police never showed. She didn't feel comfortable staying, so she left.

ABC11 asked police why it took so long to respond. They say they were swamped with calls at the same time, and that her situation did not mimic that of the sexual assault case. So there was no urgency.

"Even if they say it's not the same person I just wanted to be safe, better safe than sorry," said the woman.

No one from the police department would comment on camera, but police did say they believe they did track down the man from today's incident. He's a 69 years old man with a home in Granville County. They said his only crime though was inappropriate flirtation.

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