Police: Man in van attempted to pick up child in Tigard
A parent reported to Tigard Police that his or her child was approached by a stranger in a vehicle while walking home from school on Thursday, Jan. 11.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:35 p.m. in the vicinity of Southwest 93rd Avenue and Inez Street, just blocks away from Templeton Elementary School.
The child stated, that while walking, a white van traveling the opposite direction stopped and the driver asked if the child needed a ride home. The child said that the driver, an adult white male, remained behind the wheel and spoke out of the passenger window. The child immediately ran from the van and arrived at a safe location unharmed.
Tigard Police also are investigating a similar incident that occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 3, near Mary Woodward Elementary School in Tigard. In that incident, a child reported a white male stopped and offered a ride. The vehicle also was described as a white work-type van with tinted windows The child said the windows were tinted and tarps covered the rear windows.
After that incident, Tigard Police received numerous tips. However, none lead to the likely vehicle.
Although both incidents contain similarities, Tigard investigators cannot confirm the suspect and the van are the same.