KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An encounter in the stairwell of a Plaza parking garage left two metro women terrified.
A 26-year-old woman and her mother were leaving the Plaza Art Fair Sunday evening when a naked man approached them as they were walking to their car.
“It seemed a little premeditated to me, to look around the corner, see who's coming up, you know it's two girls, and they don't have a guy with them” Alyssa Blake said.
Alyssa was leaving the Plaza with her mom, Carolyn, Sunday afternoon around 5 p.m. They were parked in the garage by Forever 21. As they rounded the corner on the third floor, they saw the man.
“There was a man in the corner, completely naked from head to toe, just standing there, just looking at us,” Alyssa recalled. “He didn't say anything, he didn't have any expression, it was just a blank look. Just staring at us completely naked, started to walk toward us, and I just turned to my mom, and told her to run.”
Alyssa and Carolyn immediately ran down the stairs.
“He hopped in a car and left. He almost hit someone else and they circled around to kind of tell us what had happened,” Alyssa said. “It was a red jeep that didn't have any license plates.”
Alyssa said she found it odd that a Plaza security guard manning the end of the art fair practically ignored the situation, even when her mom fell going down the stairs.
“He saw her fall, and be upset, and he was still just standing there, and I had to... motion him over,” Alyssa added.
By that point, she said more security guards came over.
“Police weren't called. They didn't even ask us our names. They didn't take any numbers. It was very actually kind of nonchalant that this had happened,” Alyssa said. “My mom even said something like, 'I don't feel comfortable going up the stairs. Can we have an escort?' and it took like a minute for someone to be like, 'Okay, I'll go do it.'”
Alyssa said it all happened so fast, she's not sure what the man's intentions were.
“I'm terrified. It's something that will honestly never go away. I'm kind of getting emotional still thinking about it. It was scary,” she added.
Now they just want to warn others.
“Be alert. Be aware of your surroundings. My biggest fear is that this happens to a girl that's by herself, and she's a young girl and doesn't know what to do,” Alyssa said.
KCPD said they are looking into this incident.
They have requested the surveillance video from Plaza security as there are cameras on each level in the stairwell.
Country Club Plaza General Manager Meredith Keeler released a statement on the incident:
“We take customer complaints very seriously as the safety of our guests is our first priority. We have contacted the KCPD and are investigating the detailed account given by the guest. It is not appropriate for us to comment further on an active investigation.”