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Police receive more reports of strangers approaching kids near Portland schools

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Photo of car involved in "stranger danger" incident near Sellwood Middle School. (Photo: Portland Police Bureau) Photo of car involved in "stranger danger" incident near Sellwood Middle School. (Photo: Portland Police Bureau)
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Police are continuing to receive reports of strangers approaching students near schools in southeast and northeast Portland.

Earlier this week, the Portland Police Bureau described recent incidents near Creston School, Ron Russell Middle School and Hosford Middle School.

Investigators said each incident appeared to involve different suspects, but they were considered alarming enough to notify the public.

On Friday, police provided details on two more alarming, but seemingly unrelated, incidents.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, a 12-year-old boy was waiting for his mother to pick him up on Southeast 16th Avenue next to Sellwood Middle School.

A man driving a dark green Volkswagen Golf sedan pulled up alongside the boy and began talking to him. The boy told police the driver asked if he needed a ride home, asked where he lived and offered him something that looked like beef jerky.

The child's mother arrived and the driver started to pull away, but not before yelling at the woman that she was a bad mother for leaving her child outside.

The driver is described as a white man in his mid to late 20s who was "clean cut" with a "baby face," big ears and sandy blond hair. He was 5 feet 3 inches tall to 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build.

Police released photos of his car Friday.

Police also received an additional "stranger danger" report about an incident that happened Monday.

At 4:15 p.m. Monday, a 15-year-old girl told police she was walking home from Grant High School in the area of Northeast 33rd Avenue and Wasco Street when a driver pulled up alongside her and asked for directions to McLoughlin Boulevard. The teen told the driver it was far away, but as she walked off she said the driver passed by her two more times.

The girl ran to a neighbor's home.

The girl described the driver as a darker-skinned and possibly Hispanic man in his late 30s. He was wearing a red shirt, baseball hat and sunglasses. His car looked like an "old police car," according to investigators, and was possibly a four-door Ford Crown Victoria. It was lowered and painted green.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau.

Situations like these should immediately be reported to 911.

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