Man tries to lure student into car at Washougal bus stop


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A man tried to lure an 11-year-old girl waiting for her school bus around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning in Washougal, according to authorities.

The student was waiting for the bus on Canyon Creek Road near the intersection with White Dog Road – a wooded and windy stretch in rural Washougal – when a man driving by stopped.

She said the man tried to get her into his vehicle by flashing a gun but drove off when other traffic got close.

The suspect was described as a white man with brown hair, facial hair and wore camouflage clothing and a dark-colored baseball style cap.

A sketch of a man suspected of trying to lure a child at a Washougal bus stop, released December 10, 2021 (Skamania County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies believe the suspect may have been driving a newer model large four door car, small SUV, or a hatchback.

Deputies started a search, but no suspect has been found.

Canyon Creek Middle School and Cape Horn Skye Elementary School were placed in lockdown and parents also got a reserve 911 call.

KOIN 6 News talked to several parents off camera who said it’s terrifying to think about situations like this. Almost all of them said they appreciated how the sheriff’s department and school district handled everything.

“I was out Christmas shopping, and I got an alert on my phone that said there was a modified lockdown. It was terrifying,” parent Julie Taylor said.

Taylor said she received the alert about 45 minutes after dropping off her three kids at school.

“It’s scary because when you live in such a small community you think that doesn’t really happen around here,” Taylor explained.

The school district said the girl told her bus driver who then radioed a dispatcher – that dispatcher alerted law enforcement.

“I think they did a great job, they immediately put the school on lockdown, they notified the parents right away, I think they did an excellent job,” Taylor said.

The school district said the police department will take extra steps this week including stepping up patrols around the school.

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