Student reports men in van approached in Aloha, offered ride

Washington County

Student was walking through Champions Park in Aloha on Thursday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A middle school student walking home from school was approached by two men in a van who asked if he wanted a ride home, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. Thursday when the Mountainview Middle School student was walking home through Champions Park in Aloha, officials said. The van — a white Ford van, possibly an Econoline — drove by, then stopped and asked the student the question.

The student ran toward adults in the area and the van took off.

The men in the van were described as white and wearing work clothes — yellow Carhartt style overalls with black hoodies underneath, officials said. The driver had a British accent, and both men were said to have brown hair and a black beard.

“I think it’s very alarming. As a parent you just get anxiety, just the idea of anybody wanting to abduct your child,” said Daisy Rojas, a parent who spoke with KOIN 6 News at Champions Park.

She said this is every parent’s worst nightmare.

“I’m so thankful that kid didn’t go in the vehicle,” she said. “It’s really important for kids to understand what they have to do if they come across that.”

She agrees with authorities who said parents should talk with their children about what to do if this kind of situation arises.

Deputies suggest having a “family code word” in place — if someone offers your child a ride and the person doesn’t know the code word, then your child should not get into the vehicle no matter who the person is.

“I definitely think they should have a safe word,” Rojas said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the non-emergency line at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office — 503.629.0111.

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