Gresham police warn man may be trying to lure high school girls

GRESHAM, Ore. - Gresham police are alerting the public about a man possibly trying to lure high school girls.

Police say there have been three reported incidents involving two girls. The incidents may involve the same suspect, police say.

On Thursday at about noon, an Alpha High School student said she was walking near the school when a man grabbed her arm and told her to "go with him."

She ran away from him and went into the school.

The school is at 876 N.E. 8th Street.

"To think that those two girls could have been taken, I just can't even imagine. Their parents would never be the same," said Kaimana LoBue. She's the mother of a 16-year-old girl, and is disturbed by what happened.

On Thursday, May 8, a 16-year-old Gresham High School student said she was walking in front of Cheap Charlie's at 79 N.E. Roberts when a man tried to convince her they knew each other, police say.

The man asked her to get into his car. She refused and ran off.

Police say the girl said the same man approached her two to four months ago at the same location and tried to get her into his car as well.

Between the two descriptions the girls provided police, the man is African American, between five feet six inches to 6 feet tall. He weighs 200 pounds and has a medium build.

He's between his late 30s and early 40s. He has a goatee, glasses and dirty or decayed teeth. The 16-year-old girl says his eyes appeared yellowish, and the man was wearing a red, white and black baseball cap. He was driving a tan or gold mid-2000 car that looked like a Buick or something similar.

The girl said there were items in the back window of the car that were green or blue in color.

A spokeswoman for Gresham Barlow Schools tells KATU News they found out about the incidents late Thursday after school was over. They have sent emails to parents of students who attend Gresham High School, Sam Barlow High School, and Springwater Trail High School to notify them about what happened. There is also information posted on each of those school's websites.

Alpha High School is part of the Multnomah Education Service District. It's unclear if they have notified parents about what happened. KATU News called the a spokesman and the superintendent Thursday evening. We are waiting to hear back.

Anyone who believes they have information that might help in this case is encouraged to call the Gresham Police Tips Line, at 503-618-2719.