Police investigate suspicious incident near school

Police ask people, businesses to check video systems for evidence

File photo of Portland Police Bureau patrol cars (KOIN)
File photo of Portland Police Bureau patrol cars (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Police said a 12-year-old girl was approached by a stranger this morning as she was walking to school.

The incident happened around 8:45 a.m. as the girl was walking in the Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood near Southeast 17th Avenue and Umatilla Street.

Sgt. Pete Simpson said in a prepared statement the girl told officers that a clean-cut white male drove up to her in a white van with “Diaper Guys” written on the side, and asked her to come to the vehicle. The girl refused and ran away. Police said he girl told them that she thought there might be a passenger in the vehicle, and that the van’s right rear tire was missing a hubcap.

Police said they don’t know the man’s intentions. They ask that neighbors and business with surveillance cameras check the recordings for any possible images of the van or incident.

Anyone who sees the man or the van is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should call (503) 823-3333.

All other information can be emailed to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.

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