Portland police issue another 'stranger danger' alert, this time for Sellwood … – OregonLive.com
Portland police issued the second “Stranger Danger” alert in as many days following an incident Wednesday involving a 12-year-old girl in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.
Sgt. Pete Simpson, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said an officer assigned to the bureau’s Youth Services Division took a report from the girl on Thursday.
The girl said she was walking to school at around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday near Southeast 17th Avenue and Umatilla Street when a man in a white van with “Diaper Guys” printed on the side asked her to come to the vehicle. The girl refused and ran away, Simpson said.
She also told the officer there might have been a passenger in the van, which was missing a hubcap on its right rear tire.
The report follows one from Tuesday afternoon, when a man reportedly chased two Irvington School students near the intersection of Northeast 14th Avenue and Thompson Street.
It was the second report of a stranger approaching students from Irvington School this month.
The two 10-year-olds were walking home from school when the man asked them to approach him, police said. As they ran away, the students told police he chased them until they hid near a driveway.
They described the man to be in his 30s or 40s, about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, police said. Police said the man had a “scruffy face, possibly with mental health or developmental disabilities, and possibly homeless.”
On Feb. 2, a stranger tried to lure two Irvington School students into his car as they were walking to school, Simpson said.
A 13-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother told police that a car pulled up alongside them near Northeast 11th Avenue and Tillamook Street about 8:15 a.m. The driver opened the passenger door and asked the boys to come over and to get inside, according to police.
The 13-year-old told the man “no,” and he and his brother walked away and continued to school.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked call the police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333, or 911 for an incident that is occurring or has just occurred.
Other relevant information can be emailed to [email protected].
— Stuart Tomlinson