Man tries to lure child into his car in SE Portland

Driver described as man in his 50s, white and curly hair

Kelly Elementary School as seen on Sept. 20, 2017. (Google Street View)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man tried to lure a 10-year-old girl into his van in the Lents neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Portland Police said the 10-year-old was walking home from Kelly Elementary School — located at 9030 SE Cooper St. — when she noticed a vehicle driving slowly behind her.

Mark Trelstad's daughter ran home screaming after she says a man tired to lure him into her car outside Kelly Elementary in SE Portland on September 20, 2017. (KOIN)
Mark Trelstad’s daughter ran home screaming after she says a man tired to lure him into her car outside Kelly Elementary in SE Portland on September 20, 2017. (KOIN)

The driver of the van reportedly opened a door and motioned for the girl to enter his car. The girl then ran toward her home yelling for help, which got the attention of her dad who ran to his daughter.

“I was heading out my door to pick up my daughter from school,” the girls dad, Mark Trelstad told KOIN 6 News. “I heard her screaming a block and a half away, screaming ‘daddy, daddy, daddy! So I dropped everything I had and I ran as fast as a could.”

Trelstad caught up with her near SE 83rd and Bybee and she told him the man got out of his car before she took off running.

The girl described the car as a gray or silver van, similar to a Ford Windstar or Chrysler Town and Country. The driver is described as a man in his 50s with short, curly white hair, tan skin, glasses and no facial hair.

Anyone witnessing a luring-type incident is asked to immediately call 911 and provide as much information as possible.

The Portland Police Bureau would also like to remind parents to talk to their children about “stranger danger” to help keep them safe.

“It just breaks my heart that my kid can’t even go to school and feel safe walking down the street,” Trelstad.