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PORTLAND -- A man in a minivan with the word SECURITY taped to its side is approaching women in Southeast Portland, police said.

One woman reported that the man approached her at about 3 p.m. Saturday in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, at 1945 SE Water Avenue.

The suspect made suggestive comments to her, hugged her and kissed her while she was trying to pull herself away from him, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The suspect was described as African American, 30 to 40 years old, 5-foot-9, with a medium build. He had a shaved head and goatee, and was wearing a light yellow or green safety vest.

On Monday, a woman told police a man matching that description approached her near Southeast Clinton Street and Milwaukie Avenue and asked her to pull over down a side street.

The suspect claims to be a security guard in the area of OMSI and the new Tillikum Crossing bridge over the Willamette River, Simpson said.

Workers on the new bridge told police they had noticed the van in the area.

Anyone who is approached by the suspect is asked to call 911 immediately. Anyone who has information on who the suspect might be is asked to call police at 503-823-3333.

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