Elementary kids escape Salem abduction try

No one was hurt, suspect being sought

Three students from Four Corners Elementary in Salem escaped an attempted abduction, May 22, 2015 (KOIN)
Three students from Four Corners Elementary in Salem escaped an attempted abduction, May 22, 2015 (KOIN)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Three young students managed to escape a man who tried to abduct one of them Friday afternoon in Salem, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

The children, between the ages of 5 and 7, were walking home from Four Corners Elementary in southeast Salem around 3:15 p.m. when a man approached and asked for Girl Scout cookies. Authorities said he then tried to grab one of the children. But the 7-year-old slapped the man’s wrist and the kids ran off.

As the man chased them, a witness yelled at the man. He was startled and ran back to his car and drove off, officials said.

The suspect is a thin black adult between 20 and 30 years old, authorities said. He has short, curly hair, clean-shaven and has a nose piercing. There is a distinct mark on his face or neck, either a tatoo or a birthmark shaped like a bird or skull. He wore long pants, adidas shoes and a black sweatshirt.

His car is a charcoal gray 2-door Acura, maybe model year 2009. The car has tinted windows, a green triangle hanging from the rear view mirror, and there were cigarettes in the center console.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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