Tigard police looking for man who tried luring child into car

Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 3:27 PM PST
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TIGARD Ore. (KPTV) – The Tigard Police Department is warning the public after a child was approached by a stranger while waiting for the school bus Tuesday morning.

According to the Tigard P.D., the 9-year-old girl was approached by the unidentified stranger while waiting alone near Schmidt Loop and Ashford Street around 7:15 a.m. Police say a white car pulled up to the girl and the driver asked the girl to get in.

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Despite the girl refusing, the driver reportedly became more persistent, telling the girl to get in a second time. At this point, the girl ran across the street.

The driver left the area as another student arrived at the bus stop.

FOX 12 spoke with the 9-year-old on Wednesday.

“I went up and was waiting for my bus,” said the girl. “This car comes out of the freeway and he parks and rolls down his window. He said to get in. I said no. He said louder get in and then he drove off after that.”

The 9-year-old showed us the picture she drew for police, providing a description of what she says the man looked like.

“It was really quick, but I remember what he was wearing,” said the girl. “He had ruffles on his head. He didn’t have a full face of hair or full head of hair. It was just some spikes and stuff. He had watery, bloodshot shot eyes. He didn’t have a full beard, it was just kind of some brustles.”

Her mom says she’s tried to get her daughter’s bus to pick her up a little closer to their home, but her requests have been denied.

“I want the guy to be caught, of course, but she also needs to get to school,” said the mom. “She needs a safe way to get to school. The school said they are not part of the bus system. The woman I spoke to said they can’t make any special circumstances for her and that attempted abductions happen like this all the time. She told me it was a mute problem and said to either switch jobs or have another family member take her to the bus. I let her know the bus drives right past our house and last year the bus driver did pick her up in front of the house. It was a huge change to move her bus stop and we dealt with it, but now there is a huge safety concern. I just want our kids to be safe.”

We reached out to the school district; we were told the principal and SRO of the girl’s elementary school were working with her and her mom on a safety plan to and from school and suggested a different bus stop.

The driver was described by the girl as an older white man with facial stubble or a goatee. Anyone with information or video is asked to email tips@tigard-or.gov.