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Woman records terrifying encounter with stranger during training run

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A young woman who filmed herself training for a half-marathon has documented a terrifying encounter with a stranger in a red car, leaving her too afraid to run again.

Samantha MacIntyre, from Idaho in the US, was filming her training session when she noticed a man driving a red car behind her behaving strangely.

At the beginning of the video, which she later shared on TikTok (@sageandmaize), she explained she was embarking on a 12 kilometre run in preparation for a half-marathon.

Watch the video above.

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MacIntyre explained she was embarking on a 12 kilometre run in preparation for a half-marathon. (TikTok)

At the eight kilometre mark, MacIntyre began looking behind her.

”There’s this guy in a red car that’s driven by me twice,” she explained. “It’s making me really nervous … I don’t know if I’m being paranoid or what. I’m just documenting this just in case.”

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“There’s this guy in a red car that’s driven by me twice.” (TikTok)

As she continued to run, she noticed the same car in front of her, but this time it was parked.

She then notices the car parked under some trees ahead of her route.
She then notices the car parked under some trees ahead of her route. (TikTok)

“I do not feel good about this,” she said. “I have to run by this car to get back to my car. There’s literally no other way around,” she said, slowing down. “I don’t know what to do … It’s one of those things where you don’t think it’s going to happen to you until it happens to you.”

She later explained she parked her car in an isolated location, leaving her feeling vulnerable.

After stopping her run MacIntyre fought back tears as she tried to decide what to do. She spotted a house that she regularly runs past and began pleading with the owner to let her stay in their front yard while she waited for her mother to pick her up, telling the onwer about the driver’s behaviour which included driving past her multiple times and parking next to her car, adding that she thinks “he’s gonna do something.”

Not only had MacIntyre called her mother, she had also phoned the police asking for help.

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Police pulled the driver over and questioned him, to no avail. (TikTok)

Her video of the encounter has been viewed 8.8 million times, with many of her followers asking what the result of her call to the police was.

She explained in a follow up video the police called her 30 minutes after speaking with her to tell her they’d pulled the driver over and questioned them but weren’t able to take any action. They also told her the driver didn’t have a record that would cause concern.

“Ted Bundy didn’t have a record either,” MacIntyre pointed out to her TikTok followers, adding that she shared her experience as a reminder to others to “stay aware of your surroundings.”

MacIntyre told 9Honey she hasn’t run since the terrifying experience.

“I haven’t done any training runs since that video was posted, I took a week off the week up to my half marathon, and I haven’t run since,” she said.

woman running calls police over terrifying stranger
MacIntrye told 9Honey she hasn’t gone for a run since the terrifying experience. (TikTok)

Her social media followers have praised her for her quick thinking.

“I’m so proud of you for calling the police and asking for help,” one user wrote.

“This makes me cry. I have felt your fear. I’m glad you’re safe,” another said.

One person commented: “My gosh my heart was pounding for you.”

woman running calls police over terrifying stranger
Her video has been viewed 8.8 million times. (TikTok)

“So happy you trusted your gut and found somewhere safe to wait for someone to come pick you up,” another said.

One person wrote: “We’ve all been there and this is SO IMPORTANT to remind women. Don’t ever say you’re making a big deal out of it. Always trust your gut. ALWAYS.”

woman running calls police over terrifying stranger
She shared her experience as a warning to others to ‘be aware of your surroundings.’ (TikTok)

Another said: “There’s no reason for him to drive up and down the same road and park multiple times…good job trusting your gut…sending a big hug your way.”

“Unfortunately just to be safe I would try a different route from here on out in case he knows where you run,” one of her followers suggested.

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