Tigard police seek man who tried to lure child into van
Tigard police are looking for a man who tried to lure an elementary school-aged student into his white, work-type van Wednesday along Katherine Street near 125th Avenue.
The child, who was in walking distance of Mary Woodward Elementary School, said the man offered a ride home as well as some toys.
The child believes the windows on the van were tinted with a tarp covering the rear windows. The suspect was described as a white male around 30 with a short, salt and pepper-colored beard. The van had a dent in the rear and displayed an Oregon license plate with a tree emblem.
The student was not injured and ran to a safe location, police said in a press release.
Tigard police officials have said they want to take this opportunity to remind parents the importance of speaking to their children regarding safety. Children should be encouraged to be alert and to know what steps to take in the event they find themselves in a situation that could be uncomfortable or possibly harmful. The importance of children doing the right thing, such as what is being reported here is paramount, Tigard police said. The student acted on solid instincts and remained observant. Encourage your children to be aware of their surroundings, avoid being alone if possible, and know what to do if they are approached or become targets of unwanted contact.