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Milwaukie PD looking for suspect who picked up teen near high school

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The Milwaukie Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect accused of picking up a 15-year-old student, then making sexually explicit comments to him before the student escaped the suspect’s vehicle.

The incident occurred during the morning of January 21 near a bus stop in the 9700 block of Southeast Linwood Avenue.

Investigators said the suspect pulled up to the teen offering a ride to the high school in his gray Dodge pickup. According to police, the man almost immediately began making explicit comments, and the student, fearing for his safety, got out of the truck near the intersection of Southeast Linwood Ave. and Southeast Railroad Avenue.

Milwaukie High School Principal Mark Pinder told Fox 12 the student accepted the ride because he didn’t want to be late for school.

“He came to school and reported it to us and to the school resource officer here,” Pinder said.  “The student is safe, a little big upset by it, but we’re glad everybody is safe.

According to a letter sent home to parents, the suspect also tried touching the teen before he was able to escape. 

The student was not injured.

“It’s unsettling,” said Jennifer Dixon, who lives near the high school.  “No one likes the idea of a kid missing the bus and then feeling like they’re getting help when there are ulterior motives.”

The suspect is described as a Hispanic middle-aged man with a large build, buzzed black hair and brown eyes wearing a black shirt with red lettering on the right side of the chest. The student noted the suspect spoke with a heavy accent.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a newer Dodge pickup, light gray in color, with canopy and full-length running boards.

Officers ask that anyone with information related to this case please call Milwaukie Police Detectives at 503-786-7493.

“We talked about strangers when they were little, but it’s not something we’ve really talked about as they’re older – he’s 17, will be 18 this summer,” Carol Childs said of her son in his junior year at Milwaukie High.  “But definitely with this incident it’s something we’ll be bringing up again.”

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