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Police: 'Creepy' man approaches Portland girl playing outside

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Parents in Portland's Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood are on the lookout for a man who reportedly approached an 11-year-old girl while she was playing outside.

It happened at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Southeast 18th and Rex Street.

The caller who contacted police described the man as "creepy," investigators said.

The girl told police that she was playing in her neighbor's front yard not far from her home when a strange man parked his gray or silver four-door sedan near the intersection, investigators said. 

The man got out, walked toward the girl and asked her about her name and age, investigators said.

The girl ran away and later told her dad what had happened, investigators said.

The man was gone by the time officers arrived.

The girl described the man to police as being white and in his 30s, investigators said. He had short brown hair and was wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

Parents who live in the area told FOX 12 that they're now on edge.

"It's unfortunate that you can't let your kids go outside and play like we used to be able to when I was a kid. You know, if you go outside and play … you have to be super close," said parent Jenn Bohlmann.

"It's sad that it does happen, but it does happen," said parent Roxane Medhaug. 

The girl was not hurt.

If you know anything that could help officers identify the man, you're asked to give Portland police a call.

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