ALERT FROM VANCOUVER SCHOOLS: Man twice offered to give 6th-grade girl a ride

She said no and kept running

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Vancouver Public Schools on Friday warned parents that a sixth-grade girl said she was accosted by a strange man.

It happened on Thursday on Northwest Bassel Road, which is just south of the Salmon Creek Greenway and west of Salmon Creek Park and Klineline Pond, according to an email from the school district.

The girl told school officials she'd been walking south on Bassel toward her bus stop on 119th Street. She said the man was driving north when he made a U-turn, drove up to her and offered her a ride.

The man said, "You missed your bus. Do you want me to drive you to school?" the girl said.

She said no and ran. The man turned around and repeated his offer of a ride, and she kept running, the email said.

She described the man as white, in his 50s, with a medium build and short gray hair and a gray mustache. She said he had a medium-deep voice with no accent.

She told officials the man's car was a small, light-blue two-door that was newer looking since it had shiny paint.

School officials said they notified the Clark County Sheriff's Office. School officials also asked parents to tell their children about the girl's report as they considered appropriate.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.