Police: Man attempts purse snatching at Washington Square Mall

TIGARD, Ore. -- Police are searching for a man who tried to rob a woman at the Washington Square Mall by getting in to her parked car and asking for a ride.

The 65-year-old Portland woman said the incident happened about 5:30 p.m. March 14 after she had returned to her vehicle, parked on the west side of the shopping complex, according to a news bulletin from the Tigard Police Department.

While she was on her cell phone, she said an unknown man opened the front passenger door, sat in the seat and said, "Hello, my name is Parker. Will you give me a ride?," police said.

The woman said she quickly exited the car, as did the suspect, who had taken her purse. A struggle ensued and the woman managed to grab her purse back, according to the news bulletin.

The man ran off. The woman wasn't injured, police said.

The suspect is described as white, in his late 20s to mid 30s, 6 feet tall, slender and well dressed in a black jacket and khaki pants.

Video surveillance shows that the suspect may have been driving a black or dark-colored 1990s Subaru Forester.

Anyone with information, should call Tigard police at 503-639-6168.