PORTLAND, Ore. – Police are investigating two separate reports of a man exposing himself to kids near North Portland schools.
Neighborhood schools warned families about the incidents last week.
Police said on Wednesday, Nov. 20, officers responded to a call about a man who exposed himself to two 14-year-old girls at George Park around 3:15 p.m.
The girls told police the man pulled his car over and asked them for directions. One of the girls gave him directions and he drove off. The girls told police that based on the man’s behavior, it appeared he was masturbating while talking to them.
The girls described him as a white man in his 20s or 30s who is 5’10’’ tall and 150 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. The girls said he was wearing a red jacket and white shirt.
His car was a silver Ford, Chevy or Toyota, the girls said.
Police contacted the principal at Sitton Elementary School, who told investigators that he's heard about a man who'd been following some young girls near the school on Nov. 19. The principal said he was trying to get more information.
On Friday, Nov. 22, police responded to a similar report near Astor School. School officials sent out a warning to families on Friday that said a man tried to expose himself to a student.
The school’s message said the man approached the girl on N. Van Houten Ave. and asked her for directions, attempting to give her his phone to write them in.
The girl said no, and he tried to expose himself. He drove off, and she ran away.
The suspect is described as a clean-shaven Hispanic man in his 30s. He was driving a silver 1989 Honda Civic coupe with pop-up headlights.
Anyone who sees this suspect or any similar behavior is asked to get as much information as possible and call 911.
Read more - Stranger Danger: Helping Children Stay Safe
Letter from Astor School to parents:
Astor Student Approached by a Suspicious Person in the Community
While walking home from school today, one of our students was approached by a suspicious male on North Van Houten Avenue. He asked her for directions and attempted to hand her his cell phone in order to get them. She told him no, at which point he tried to expose himself to her. She walked away and he drove off. The incident was immediately reported to police, who are investigating. The suspect is described as a clean-shaven Hispanic male in his mid-thirties driving a 1989 silver Honda Civic coupe with pop up headlights. If you see this suspect please call 9-1-1 immediately. Praise goes to our student who did exactly the right thing by refusing to interact with this person. Please use this as an opportunity to revisit stranger danger with your children – encouraging them to never interact with a stranger who approaches them, immediately get away – yelling or running if necessary - and tell a trusted adult. Thank you for your support as we work together to keep our students and community safe.