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Police receive multiple 'stranger danger' reports near SE Portland schools

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Hosford Middle School (KPTV file image) Hosford Middle School (KPTV file image)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The first incident was reported at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Two girls, one in sixth grade and the other in third grade, told investigators they were walking to Creston School when a "scruffy-looking" black man believed to be in his 30s pulled up to them in a smaller, white SUV.

The girls said the man offered them a ride. When they declined, he offered them $20, at which point they ran to school.

The second incident happened at 11 a.m. Friday, as two girls were running through Creston Park during PE class. They said a man standing near the pool exposed himself. The suspect was described as a "dirty," heavyset and bald white man with a gray beard - possibly homeless. 

“I feel like kind of scared to know what’s happening because you could get hurt by one of the strangers,” said Creston third-grader Ann Black, who was walking home from school Wednesday afternoon with her sister and aunt. 

Wednesday morning, police received a report that a girl was approached by a man and a woman who asked her to get into their older white van near Ron Russell Middle School. The man's race was unknown, but the student said the female passenger was a white woman in her 20s. The van had tinted windows.

Also Wednesday morning, a Hosford Middle School student reported that she was on her way to school when a man grabbed her by the wrist near the food carts on Division Street. She described the suspect as an older Asian man.

“It is disconcerting if there are adults touching kids and asking them to take a ride, that’s a concern,” parent Beth Gates said, adding that she’s still not too alarmed for her son who attends Hosford Middle School. “I try to balance the world we live in where I think there’s a lot more fear and hype around strangers - with having kids be autonomous and able to experience their neighborhood a little bit.”

The Portland Police Bureau reports that even though each incident appears to involve different people, they consider it alarming enough for the information to be shared with the public.

Anyone near the areas of these incidents with surveillance cameras is asked to check their recordings for possible suspect images.

Anyone with non-emergency information about these cases is asked to call 503-823-3333 or email crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.

Officers also remind parents to talk to their children about "stranger danger."

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