Driver Approached Child in Portland

Wednesday, May 21, 2014  |  Updated 3:37 PM EDT
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A driver approached a child who was getting off a bus in Portland on Tuesday and police are investigating.

A driver approached a child who was getting off a bus in Portland on Tuesday and police are investigating.

The child had just gotten off the bus and was at the base of her family’s driveway on Cox Road just before 3:30 p.m. when a man in a shiny black four-door Ford pickup with Virginia license plates pulled up and asked if she needed a ride up the driveway, according to police.

The child did not know the man and declined the ride, but the man asked again.

The child responded that she had something to do, ran in her home and locked herself in a room with her dog, according to police and  the girl's grandmother.

The grandmother also said her granddaughter is very observant and remembered what the people in the car were wearing. She also remembered the license plate was from Virginia.

Police said the driver appeared to be in his early 20s, has a stocky build, brownish-red hair and a close cropped beard, according to police.

The passenger was a thin woman who appeared to be in the early 20s, police said. She was wearing a lime green tank top.

Police said no one tried to pull the child into or toward the vehicle and no threats were made.

Authorities contacted Nicholas Bus Company, but they could not provide any information about the vehicle. 

Police ask anyone with information about the vehicle or the people in it to contact the Portland Police Department.

Gildersleeve School sent a letter to parents, asking them to review safety procedures with their children and remind them never to get into a car or go anywhere with a stranger.  

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