Suspicious man reported in two Piedmont counties

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Women in Davidson and Forsyth counties are spreading the word about an uncomfortable situation they experienced last Saturday after they were approached by a suspicious man.

A woman who did not want to identify herself told FOX8 in an interview she and two other friends left a store in Arcadia and noticed a man in a white Sequoia SUV in the parking lot.

"He was there for a couple of hours," the woman remembered.

She said after the first two women left, the man started gesturing and yelling at the third woman for help.

"She cracked the window to ask him is everything okay. He told her, 'my battery is dead, I need a jump.' She said, 'I don't have jumper cables.' He said 'Oh I do.'"

At that point the woman rolled up her window and called one of her friends who had just left.

She came back as quickly as possibly because she said the whole story didn't add up. There was an auto parts store across the street and the man didn't attempt to stop anyone until the third woman was alone in the parking lot.

The two women say it took the man only a few seconds to jump his car and at one point he took tools out and opened his trunk.

"He had boxes and crates," she described. "White rope, like a bundle of it, he had duct tape, I saw gloves." She said the whole situation felt uncomfortable.

According to the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, at least two deputies talked to the man that night. They had no evidence he was breaking the law and said there's not much they can do.

The suspicious man reportedly approached another woman outside the Walmart Express in Midway.

Winston-Salem police officers also talked to the man in their jurisdiction at some point in the last week, according to Davidson County Sheriff's officials, but so far none of the interactions resulted in charges.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and Kernersville Police Department confirmed they were aware of the man but have not had any direct contact with him. They did alert officers about the suspicious situations today.

Investigators said if you are approached by someone who makes you uncomfortable, do not stop or engage in conversation. Drive off or walk away, and call 9-1-1 if you want to report it.

"I want people to stay safe. I want people to know watch out for this guy," said the woman we interviewed. "I don't know his intentions at this point, but it seemed as if his intentions are not very good."

She is sharing her story online and posting flyers.

Investigators said the safest bet is to follow your gut instincts whenever interacting with strangers.

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