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Police: Man impersonating a police officer approached girls in NE Portland

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Octavio Perez jail booking photo and a photo of his car provided by the Portland Police Bureau. Octavio Perez jail booking photo and a photo of his car provided by the Portland Police Bureau.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man impersonating a police officer with red and blue lights in his car approached two girls in northeast Portland before a witness intervened, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

A man called 911 to report following a driver in a white Lincoln Town Car.

The caller said he was driving westbound on Northeast San Rafael Street near 136th Avenue when he saw the suspect slow his car down near two younger girls while flashing red and blue lights from the middle of his windshield.

The witness said the girls froze, seemingly confused by the suspect's actions.

The witness did a U-turn and called 911 as he pulled up behind the Town Car. The suspect quickly drove away.

The witness said he followed, with the suspect driving in excess of 60 mph.

The witness told police that he caught up to the suspect at Northeast 148th Avenue and Halsey Street and could see several electronic items on the dashboard. The witness told police that he confronted the suspect, leading the suspect to apologize and offer to give the witness the lights.

Officers arrived and searched the car, locating the red and blue lights, a video dashboard camera and a radar scanner. A BB gun was also found in the car, according to police.

Octavio Perez, 54, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on the charge of criminal impersonation.

Officers are hoping to learn the identity of the two young girls. They are white, around 10 to 13 years old and they were riding skateboards in the area of Northeast 132nd Avenue and San Rafael Street.

Anyone with information about the girls or Perez is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 and reference case 16-187303

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