PORTLAND -- Parents in North Portland's University Park neighborhood got a warning after a strange man was seen twice trying to lure little girls to his car.

Officials from Astor Elementary School, on North Yale Street, sent an email to parents Wednesday night, warning them of the sightings.

Principal Kevin Newsome told KGW the man was first spotted this summer when school was out. Newsome said the man drives a tan sedan and was asking little girls for directions.

There's a guy approaching young girls, and I have a 10-year-old, said Amy Collar outside Astor School. I don't want anybody approaching her that she doesn't know about.

The man was spotted again Tuesday on North McKenna avenue, about a block away from the school. This time telling another girl he needed help getting something out of his car. The girl said no and ran away.

That tactic had mother Merrett Green thinking twice.

We had a conversation the other day about, 'Hey little girl do you want to pet my dog? Do you want some candy?' All that sort of thing, Green said. But I've never gone over the 'Hey, can you help me?' That's something totally different.

Portland Police are aware of the situation. They described him as a thin, white man with a black goatee driving a tan sedan, possibly an older Toyota Corolla.

If you're approached call 911, or if you see his car call police at (503) 803-3333.

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