Police search for suspects who offered child a ride

PORTLAND,  Conn. (WTNH) — Portland police are investigating a complaint regarding a child who was offered a ride home from strangers after getting off the school bus on Cox Road Tuesday.

The child told police that two people in a black, four-door Ford pickup truck with Virginia license plates stopped where the child was at the base of her driveway.

The driver of the truck then asked if the child needed a ride up the driveway to their home. Police say after the child responded appropriately, they asked a second time. The child told them they had something to do and began to walk away.

Portland police clarify in a release that “there were no attempted made to pull the child into or towards the vehicle during the incident.”

There were also no threats made.

The child described the driver as a white male in his early 20s with a stocky build and brownish/red hair. He also had a closely cropped beard.

The passenger was described as an Asian female in her early 20s with a thin build. She was wearing a lime green tank top.

Police contacted the local bus company after the incident but they were unable to provide information concerning the truck. Portland police also sent out a state broadcast to all police departments.

The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Portland police.

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