Police: 3 luring attempts near NE Portland park

Man allegedly asked girls if they needed a ride near Khunamokwst Park

Two 11-year-old girls said a man tried to lure them into his car near Khunamokwst Park in NE Portland, February 12, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Northeast Portland mom tells KOIN 6 News a stranger tried to lure her daughter and niece into his car Sunday by a local park.

Jamaica Fitzgerald says her 11-year-old daughter and niece ran away from a man who tried to lure them into his car near a NE Portland park, February 12, 2017. (KOIN)
Jamaica Fitzgerald says her 11-year-old daughter and niece ran away from a man who tried to lure them into his car near a NE Portland park, February 12, 2017. (KOIN)

Jamaica Fitzgerald said she’s thankful the 11-year-old girls ran away after being approached by a man while walking 2 blocks home from Khunamokwst Park.

“He probably stalked them from the park,” Fitzgerald said.

Her daughter described the man’s silver-gray car as beat up “junkyard car” covered in dents and without license plates. She said the large black man wearing a baseball cap drove up and boxed them in. He allegedly asked the girls if they wanted a ride.

“The door seemed like it wasn’t closed or was cracked, he had the door ready,” Fitzgerald said. “He was talking to them out of the window like, ‘Hey, hey, you know you want to come over here, you want a ride?'”

When they said no, Fitzgerald said he held out a $10 bill for them.

That’s when the girls allegedly ran home to call 911.

Portland Police confirmed the report about Fitzgerald’s daughter and said another 9-year-old girl in the area also reported a similar incident Sunday. She told officers she was walking near a church on NE 56th Avenue and Alberta Street when a man offered her money out of his car window.

She described him as a black man in his 20s, thin build, short curly hair and wearing a baseball cap. She described the car as an old white car with plastic tape over a back window.

A third incident was also reported to police Sunday. A 55-year-old woman told officers she was walking with her grandchildren when a man waved money out of a car window and licked his lips. She described the car as an older gray Honda.

Police have no suspects and are not sure if the three incidents are connected.