A 13-year-old girl said on Tuesday that she was approached by a strange man while walking down a north side street.
Kailey Napier said that she was walking along Sharon Woods Boulevard when a man in a car drove by her several times, 10TV's Karina Nova reported.
"That day, I already walked (the route) three times, and nothing has ever happened," Napier said. "And I got down to the bottom of the hill, and the car came back around, and (he) started talking to me. I couldn't hear what he said. He started waving his arms."
Napier said that the man, who was driving a rusty maroon Jeep-like vehicle, was motioning her to come into the car as he pulled up closer to her, Nova reported.
The girl said that a jogger ran up and scared the man off and Napier ran away as fast as she could.
Napier's parents said that they were surprised the incident happened along a busy road in what they said was a quiet neighborhood. The incident also happened during the day at about 4 p.m.
"As bold as he was to talk to her in broad daylight on a busy street shows to me that he could have grabbed her," said Napier's mother, Sascha Napier.
Sascha Napier said that her daughter did the right thing and was thankful for the jogger who stopped and interfered.
"I think I'd give him a big hug and start crying, because he saved my daughter's life," Sascha Napier said.
Kailey Napier said that she hoped her story would help save other children.
"Just run away," Kailey Napier said. "There may not be that jogger to come up and help."
Police asked that anyone with information call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.
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