PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police are looking for a pair of robbers after they threatened to shoot a high school student Thursday morning.
Before sun-up, a David Douglas High School student was walking to school to get to an early morning study session before regular classes started. It was about 6 a.m. when a car suddenly pulled up alongside the student with 2 strangers inside.
The suspects demanded money, and threatened to shoot the student if he didn’t cooperate. They stole his backpack and the student ran to the school. By the time police arrived, the car was gone.
The school district sent out a letter to families warning them about what had happened. The district advised parents to talk to their kids about how to stay safe walking to and from school. Police told school officials this was part of a string of similar incidents Thursday morning.
“If they want your wallet, your backpack, give it to them,” said Carlos Ibarra, the School Resource Officer. “Things can be replaced. The student’s safety comes before anything else.”
Police warn students to try and not walk alone, but if they have to, to keep their eyes off their phone and on their surroundings. Students shouldn’t be afraid to call 911, even if nothing has happened yet.
“They sense something’s wrong, run to a nearby house or business where you can use the phone or hang out for a bit with some other people,” said Ibarra. “If something doesn’t seem right, chances are trust your instincts and call 911. If it turns out it was just a false alarm, we are okay with that.”
Police later clarified that the student didn’t see a gun, but that the student did the right thing in handing over what the robbers wanted. They have a description of the suspects’ car and are investigating the crimes. If you have any information about this case, call police.
The school district provided these tips for safety:
- If approached by a stranger who asks your child to come with them, they should immediately seek the nearest safe location – such as a trusted neighbor’s house, a school, business or restaurant – and report the incident immediately to a trusted adult.
- Your students should avoid walking alone. Encourage them to walk with friends.
- Your students should never approach strangers or get into a stranger’s vehicle
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times
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