UPDATE (03/04): West Acres says an internal investigation of this incident found that the woman in this story wasn't threatened or followed by anyone, according to camera footage. West Acres says the woman and man never interacted and that they were only in the same area of the mall for about 40 minutes. You can read the full release from West Acres on the investigation below.
ORIGINAL STORY (03/02):
FARGO — A woman from Portland, N.D. — about 45 miles southwest of Grand Forks — traveled to Fargo to do some shopping for clothes alone.
As she went from store to store, she noticed something wasn't right.
She wanted to share her story as a warning to others, but out of concern for her safety, she chose to remain anonymous in an interview with WDAY.
"I was looking at the lower jeans to the ground, then I looked up and I saw the guy walking into this store," she said after previously explaining she saw him in another store.
The woman said she went into a fitting room to try to avoid the man — who was wearing a blue jumpsuit — for a half hour.
"After I checked out (at the store), I wanted to just get out of the mall," she said. "I was too freaked out with everything going on."
Fearing the worst, she eventually had a mall officer help escort her out, and the officer already had the man in the blue jumpsuit on her radar.
"I personally think that he was waiting for me to get outside to approach me," the woman said. "I was just really worried he had a group of people waiting for me."
This report comes after Fargo police said they responded to six calls of suspicious activity at stores along 13th Avenue South last month, but police said Tuesday, March 2, that there's no documentation of an increase in these calls in that area since then.
Despite that, the Portland, N.D. woman said she'll play it safe, and keep a watchful eye.
"I will never go into the Fargo area to shop alone at all," she said.
Fargo police are reminding people to call them if they see any suspicious activity, text a tip to 847411 with the code "FARGOPD" or download the mobile app.