November 25, 2013 18:53
The Portland Police Bureau's Youth Services Division (YSD) is investigating two reported incidents of a man exposing himself to children.
On Wednesday November 20, 2013, at approximately 3:15 p.m., officers responded to the area of North Fessenden Street and Burr Avenue on the report of a man who'd exposed himself to two 14-year-old girls at George Park.
Officers contacted them and learned that the suspect pulled over and asked them for directions. One of the girls gave him directions then he drove away. After he left, both girls realized that based on his behavior, it was likely he was masturbating while talking to them.
The girls described the man as a white male, 20s to 30s, 5'10" tall, 150 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, wearing a red jacket and white shirt. The vehicle was described as a silver Ford, Chevy or Toyota.
The YSD officer contacted the Principal at Sitton Elementary School (9930 North Smith Street) to let the school know about the incident. The Principal told the officer that he'd just heard that a man had been following some young girls near Sitton on Tuesday November 19 and that he was trying to get more information.
On Friday November 22, 2013, at approximately 2:15 p.m., YSD officers responded to the area of Astor School (5601 North Yale Street) on the report of a man exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl as she walked home from school.
Officers contacted the girl who told police that she was walking near North Van Houten Avenue and Lombard Street when a car pulled up alongside her and the driver asked her for directions. She told the man she couldn't help him and she saw that he had his pants pulled down and that he was exposing himself to her. The girl ran away from the car and the suspect drove away.
The girl described the man as a Hispanic male, 32 to 36 years old, short brown hair, wearing a black t-shirt, brown pants and red underwear. The vehicle was described as a silver or bronze older Honda with pop-up headlights.
Neighborhood schools have been alerted about these incidents and are sharing information with their school communities.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind parents to talk to their children about "stranger danger" to keep them safe. Some excellent tips by Dr. Robin F. Goodman about "stranger danger" are available by clicking http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Stranger_Danger/.
Anyone seeing this suspect or similar behavior is asked to get as much information as possible and to immediately call 9-1-1.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204