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Police: Man sought in Grants Pass after offering child candy

Grants Pass Police is investigating this as a 'suspicious incident' and said that they want to speak with the man.

Posted: Mar 11, 2020 5:18 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2020 5:31 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is investigating a "suspicious incident" this week after a man reportedly approached a child and offered her candy.

The agency said that it happened on Saturday, shortly after 5 p.m. An older white man driving the pictured sedan came up to a 9-year-old girl on Bayou Place and offered her candy, according to police.

"The child refused the candy and went home to tell a parent, who then reported the incident to GPDPS," the agency said. "The unknown male immediately left the area, but his vehicle was captured on neighbors' surveillance cameras."

GPDPS said that it is investigating this as a suspicious incident and wants to talk with the man involved "about his conduct."

The man is described as a white adult male in his 60s, with white hair and a beard. He was driving a light-colored 4-door sedan with black hubcaps, possibly a 2002-2006 Toyota Camry.

"This is an excellent reminder to talk to your children about strangers, and how to respond if approached by one. In this case, the child did exactly what we would recommend - immediately notify a parent or other trusted adult," GPDPS said. "If you know anything about this incident, or recognize the vehicle, please call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260."

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office investigated similar incident in February when a man reportedly offered a ride to a student waiting at the bus stop. In that case, the agency later discovered that the man was a family friend who the student "did not recognize" at the time.

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