Sheriff: Attempted abduction reported at Creswell school

CRESWELL, Ore. -- The Sheriff's office says a middle school student did the right thing when a strange man told him to get in his vehicle.

On Tuesday, the Lane County Sheriff's office says the parent of a student at Creswell Middle School reported an attempted abduction of the child.

Deputies say the student had left school early, leaving out the back gate at S. 7th St and Barber Dr. at about 2:30 pm.

The child reported to his mother that when he was leaving, he saw a male standing near a vehicle parked on the south side of Barber Dr near 7th St.

The boy says the man told him to get in his vehicle and that his mother had told him to pick him up.

The Sheriff's office says the boy took off to his house and told his mother.

Authorities say the man did not approach the child or make a physical attempt to grab the boy.

Officials searched the area but did not locate the male.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 36-years-old and was wearing a baseball cap and a red jacket. The vehicle is described as an unknown year 4 door SUV, possibly a Chevy Tahoe or Ford Explorer, grey in color with a green paint tint.

Creswell Middle School staff were advised of the incident, and the officials say they will have extra staff watching all the exits of the schools.

Officials are reminding parents to talk with your student age children about the dangers of talking to or getting into vehicles with strangers.

The Sheriff's office is asking anyone who might have information about the suspect, the suspect vehicle or observes suspicious behavior to call them at 541-682-4150. If an active abduction or act against a child is in progress, please call 911.