Parents worry after man offers Eastmoreland kids food

A mom posted on social media, saying a man had twice tried to offer her child food

Parents are worried after a man offered their kids in Eastmoreland food. October 13, 2016, (KOIN)
Parents are worried after a man offered their kids in Eastmoreland food. October 13, 2016, (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Eastmoreland mother Cindy Jack jumped into action on Thursday after she heard a man was possibly trying to lure kids in her neighborhood.

Another mom posted on social media, saying a man had twice tried to offer her child food. So, Jack went looking for him and found him a few blocks away.

Eastmoreland neighborhood resident and parent Cindy Jack, October 13, 2016 (KOIN)
Eastmoreland neighborhood resident and parent Cindy Jack, October 13, 2016 (KOIN)

“I just blocked the car in, called 911, asked them to come out, that I was sure this was the person and they needed to come out right away,” said Jack.

Police said the man admitted to offering the child food, but he didn’t understand why that would alarm parents.

“He just didn’t seem to get that. They searched his car [and] didn’t find anything alarming there. They learned that he’s homeless, but his mom lives in the area in Milwaukie,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson with PPB.

Police escorted him to his mother’s home without taking him in for questioning, and Jack told police she wasn’t satisfied.

“He said ‘I can impound his car, and he can sit here in your neighborhood. Would you like that? Or would you rather I move him somewhere else out of your neighborhood?’ I said that doesn’t feel very good to me,” said Jack.

But police say the man didn’t break the law. And while he had prior arrests, they didn’t indicate he’d be a threat to children.

Authorities said the neighborhood did everything right, and at this point, all they can do is stay vigilant and remind children about the constant threat of stranger danger.