Two Centennial students report abduction attempts
- Mara Stine
- Gresham Outlook - News
In both cases, men tried to lure girls into their vehicles near the school
Gresham police are looking for two men who tried to lure two teenage girls to the men's vehicles in the Centennial School District area.
The first incident happened at 2:45 p.m. Friday, June 9. A 13-year-old Centennial Middle School student was going home and had cut across the high school property when a man approached her. He told her to get into his vehicle, which was parked at Centennial High School near the swimming pool.
The girl refused and ran away. School staff and police searched the area but didn't find the suspect or his vehicle.
That suspect is described as a Caucasian man, 30 to 40 years old, with blond hair. He was driving a brown early to mid '90s Subaru station wagon.
Six days later at 8:49 a.m. Thursday, June 15, another 13-year-old Centennial Middle School student was walking to school when a suspicious man approached her near Southeast Tibbetts Street and 178th Avenue, about a block from the school.
The man told the girl to get into his vehicle, described as a newer gold Chevrolet pickup truck. She refused, ran to the school and reported the incident to police. Again, a search of the area was unsuccessful.
This suspect is described as a Caucasian man, 20 to 25 years old with an unshaved face, and a shaved head.
McCormick said police think the suspects are two different people, but appearances can be changed, so there is a possibility the suspects are the same man.
Even though school is now out for the summer, police are still concerned about these reports. Anyone with information about the cases is encouraged to call the Gresham Police Tip line at 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.