ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI)– It was just after 7 p.m. Monday at a Target parking lot near Highway 94 and Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. A 20-year-old woman who doesn`t want to be identified says a man approached her and tried to grab her, adding the man was waiting at the rear of her car.
“He yelled and I turned my head and he ran up to me. He was saying ‘hey I saw you driving in your car and you`re so petty.’ I kept on walking and he pulled my elbow back and tried to turn me around,” she said.
What`s more bizarre is she has similarities to 19-year-old Bahia- Bisharat who went missing from St. Charles Community College last Wednesday. They share the same height, hair color and both attend the same nursing school. Her mother convinced her to speak out because of recent attempted abductions across the area.
“It definitely freaked me out. He was like in his 30s. I didn`t know him from anywhere. I didn`t go to school or work with him. He had a very different accent. He was Spanish or Latin American,” she said.
FOX 2 contacted St. Peters police and they`re aware of the incident. The student plans to be more cautious and aware of her surroundings from now on. The student says she asked Target security to walk her to her car and they stood and watched until she drove off.
“Even if it was a random person, it was still very eye-opening. Just because you grow up and feel safe in one place does not mean you`re safe all of the time,” she said.