AUSTIN, Texas - Julie Knowlin and her 4-year-old daughter were headed to Starbucks last Wednesday on 51st and Berkman when she saw drivers behaving strangely in front of her...apparently reacting to what a silver Lexus was doing.
"Went behind them, rode up on them, went to the side, tried to go in the bike lane, trying to intimidate the driver in front of me," she said.
Knowlin says she tried to take a picture of the license plate but the driver caught her in the act.
"I didn't know what to do so finally I passed him and he started following me really close and dangerously," Knowlin said.
Fearing for her life, Knowlin says the silver Lexus followed her through neighborhoods at a high rate of speed, nearly hitting a jogger at one point trying to get to her.
She says she drove back to Berkman where the driver pulled over into the bike lane and got out of his car.
After spitting on Knowlin's car, he shouted "F*** you, black power, white b****"
"Where did that come from? My husband's African American, I don't understand any of this," she said.
But it wasn't over...she says the young man still followed her after that. She soon lost him, dialed 911 and waited for police at Starbucks.
Knowlin says she posted the video on her neighborhood's Listserv and others came forward saying they've had similar experiences with the same guy.
"One of the girls said 'that happened to my sister.' She forwarded it to her sister and her sister said 'yes that's the exact person,'" Knowlin said.
Veneza Bremner with the Austin Police Department says if this happens to you, don't fight back and try to get to a safe place.
"Ignore them if you can. If it continues and your safety is in jeopardy, get on your cell phone and dial 911. Don't stop for that other driver if they're trying to get you to pull over or something like that," Bremner said.
Bremner says try to get a vehicle description...but "safety" is the word if trying to get video.
"I mean if you can get video safely, absolutely. It will help. But if you can't, don't even try," Bremner said.
Knowlin says her 4 year old took the incident pretty hard.
"She had a nightmare. She was scared, she said 'Mommy is this stranger danger?' I said 'Yeah this is stranger danger,'" Knowlin said.
APD confirms a detective is assigned to the case.