PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man with a dog reportedly tried to lure 2 young girls Tuesday in Washington County, deputies said.
The incident was reported around 6 p.m. near the 8800 block of Northwest Ash Street, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The 2 girls told deputies they were walking home when a man stopped his car in front of them, preventing them from crossing the street. He said his dog, which was in the back seat, was happy and loves children, especially little girls.
The man reportedly left when one of the girls’ moms showed up.
He’s described as a white man in his 40s with gray or white hair, blue eyes and possibly a beard. He was driving an older white Subaru Outback that was caught on a nearby home’s security camera and had a medium-sized gray dog wearing a red collar.
The incident unsettled many nearby residents.
“It just floors me,” said neighbor Jan Wismer. “You think ‘oh my goodness, our area.'”
Jan and her husband, Ron Wismer, told KOIN 6 News the neighborhood is usually quiet and safe — and is the kind of place where everyone knows and looks out for one another.
“I never would have expected that here,” said Alyssa Kirkbride, a neighbor. “I see kids going up and down on their bikes and their scooters often.”
Ron thinks the suspect chose the neighborhood for that exact reason.
“He is probably opportunistic — he knows there are kids here outside and it is still daylight late in the day and with school and everything like that, there might be people coming home.”
Deputies are reminding parents to teach their kids about how to handle a stranger-danger situation.
“Make your child aware that these are people that might offer you something that looks enticing but they often have other motives,” said Washinton County Deputy Shannon Wilde. “Make it age-appropriate and let them know what to do if something happens.”