PORTLAND, Ore. -- A man reportedly tried to lure a 10-year-old girl into his van as she was walking home from school in Southeast Portland on Tuesday.
The girl ran toward her home, yelling for help, until her father heard her and met her outside their house. After she told him what happened, he called police.
"I didn't even get to my truck, I ran to the corner and down the block to meet my daughter halfway," said her father, Mark Trelstad. "Because I heard her screaming."
The girl told officers she was coming home from Kelly Elementary, walking on Southeast 83rd Avenue at about 3:15 p.m., when a man pulled up next to her and motioned for her to get in his van.
"If I would've saw this happened, he wouldn't have made it. I would've taken him out," said Trelstad. "Even though I'm a civilian, when a kid's in danger it's like you're poking a big grizzly bear."
The girl said the man was in his 50s with short curly white hair, tan skin, glasses and no facial hair. The vehicle he was driving was a gray or silver minivan, similar to a Ford Windstar or Chrysler Town and Country.
"Yeah it could've ended tragically, it boggles the mind that something that simple or that quick could change your whole life in an instant," said Trelstad.
Police are asking any neighbors in the area who have surveillance cameras to check recordings for any images of the suspect. Anyone with information about this incident should call Portland Police at 503-823-3333.
If you witness a luring incident, immediately call 911 and provide as much information as possible. Police are also advising parents to talk to their children about "stranger danger."
"I always teach my kids to do this," said Trelstad. "No puppies, don't fall for the puppy trick, don't fall for the candy trick, don't fall for asking for help."
For tips from the National Crime Prevention Council about stranger danger, click here.
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