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.