Police Warn of Man Who Tried to Lure Student Away from Reiche Elementary Earlier This Week


One of Several Police Vehicles Located at Reiche Elementary School Today, on the West End of Portland.

Portland Police were dispatched to Reiche Elementary School, Brackett Street, at 9:11 am on Wednesday, February 15th.  A parent dropping off a child at Reiche saw a man with a dog interacting with a student in the area just off school property.  The man was heard trying to coax the student away from the area, saying he needed help with his dog. The student refused and ran inside of the scool.  The man realized the alert parent was watching and quickly walked away and was not located by police.

The school has learned that the man may have been near the school on Tuesday afternoon as well.  Officers and school personnel have been near the school on Tuesday afternooon as well. Officers and school personnel have been increasing their presence during the school day at Reiche.

Both the student and the parent did the right thing as the child fled to a safe place and the parent was an active witness and alerted the school to what he saw.  Parents are encouraged when possible, to drop their children off at safe locations within the school property.  This is also an opportunity to remind your children to use caution around adults they don’t know.

The white make was described as tall and thin, scruffy looking, in his 30s and wearing a black beannie.  The dog was gray and medium-sized with white spots.  He was last seen in the area of Pine Street and Brackett Street.

Investigators are urging anyone who has any information that might assist police in fhis case, to call them at (207) 874-8575.