Police step up patrols after runner approached by stranger

August 31, 2016 GMT

SHIRLEY, Mass. (AP) — Police in Shirley, Massachusetts, have stepped up patrols after a woman reported she was approached by a man in a van while she was out running alone.

Shirley police Chief Thomas Goulden told The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2bDzauy) the woman called police around 10 a.m. Tuesday. She said the man pulled up next to her and asked if she wanted some water.

Goulden says it’s important to keep residents informed without causing panic.


Shirley is located about 20 miles northeast of Princeton, Massachusetts, where a New York City woman was killed Aug. 7 while out running near her mother’s home.

The death of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was ruled a homicide. State police have not yet made an arrest in the killing.