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Boy says stranger offered him candy near school

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An elementary student has reported he was offered candy by a strange man while walking to school Wednesday.

The Ridgewood Elementary School fifth-grader told authorities the man was in a red truck with yellow markings and dark tinted windows.

The boy told deputies the stranger drove off after he refused the candy.

"It's crazy and it makes you want to come home and hug your child to make sure they're safe," said Ridgewood parent Tom Levay. 

"The kids all know that every house in this neighborhood is a safe house to go to if they feel worried, or threatened," said Ridgewood parent Jennifer Linnman.

"It is scary though, because the next time he might not offer candy, he may just grab them."

The Beaverton School District called parents to alert them of the incident, and then sent home a letter with students to help parents begin a discussion with their kids regarding stranger danger.

Washington County Deputies say the man only rolled down the window about two inches to talk to the boy,  so he couldn't really get a description of the stranger.

Deputies say the man is not a suspect because he did not commit a crime,  but they would like to question him about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

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