Diandra Toyos was shopping for a new family couch with her three kids – aged seven weeks, one and four – at her local IKEA when she says she noticed she was being followed by two men.
Sharing her experience on Facebook, Diandra, from Southern California, said she got “a bad feeling” when she saw a “well-dressed, middle-aged man circling the area, getting closer to me and the kids”.
"At one point he came right up to me and the boys, and instinctively I put myself between he and my [one-year-old] son," she wrote, in a post that has now been shared more than 102,000 times.
"He continued to circle the area, staring at the kids. He occasionally picked something up, pretending to look at it but looking right over at us instead."
When her son wandered off into a display room, she said the man "dropped what he was doing and quickly and closely followed us into the area".
It was then that Diandra's mother - who she was also shopping with the group - said she noticed another man, aged in his 20s, also following them.
"[We] decided to sit down and wait for them to move on. We had a gut feeling something was going on, but we hoped we were wrong and they would move on," Diandra wrote.
"So we sat in one of the little display rooms. For close to 30 minutes. And they sat too. They sat down on one of the couches on the display floor that faced us. That was when we knew our gut feeling was right and something was off."