UPDATE 10:10 p.m.: Suspicious Activity Turns Out to Be Package Deliverer
UPDATE: See bottom of this post– this appears to have been a legitimate activity.
About 8:30 this evening, Melissa King who lives in a rural part of Benbow and her boyfriend had an unsettling experience. King explained that they watching TV in their front room when their dogs began barking wildly. To their surprise, she said, a man was standing inside the sunporch. He had apparently opened the outer door and come into their exterior room.
The man, who was not wearing a uniform, was holding a small package, King said.
“My boyfriend jumped up…and grabbed his gun from our bedroom,” King explained. While holding the gun where the other man could see it, her boyfriend indicated that the man should put the package on the ground, King said.
The man left the sunporch and got into the driver’s side of a maroon vehicle. (“Something like a hatchback or a small SUV,” King said her boyfriend told her.)
King’s boyfriend called 911. While he was doing that, King picked up her phone where she saw an email from this site with the story about the Ferndale armed robbery. The similarity of the vehicles struck her and she contacted us.
“Please let the community know so that everyone can be safe,” she said. “We are on Blue Rock Rd in Benbow & we have neighbors pretty close so if seems that [he] didn’t care if about being noticed.”
King said that the package was one that they had ordered from Amazon and it might have been tucked in their mailbox like FedEx occasionally has done in the past.
The man who appeared inside their sunporch was of either Hispanic or Native American descent, according to King. “He was wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt and had facial hair,” she said. She added that he was 5’8 or 5’9″ and had a thick build.
Though this might have been harmless, nonetheless please be extra cautious tonight.
UPDATE 10:10 p.m.: We appear to have an explanation. According to reader Lindsey Renner, this man may be an employee of OnTrac that delivers for Amazon. She wrote us,
I too encountered this same man and was very concerned. Our property is gated.It was about 8:15. He pulled up to the gate…[the dogs] began to freak out. We were alarmed at first, went to our bedroom as well, walked outside and as he pulled away, I noticed he had left a package I was expecting from Amazon.
I’m pretty positive the man works for [OnTrac] I think is the company but anyways some company that Amazon out sources deliveries too. …Anyways I believe that the man was actually working for some delivery service and legitimately trying to deliver Melissa [King] a package as well… This particular incident was harmless I think !