34-year-old Lee Leon Tyrone Ollison was taken into custody around 3 pm Tuesday afternoon, near 4th Avenue and Quince Street in West Medford.
According to Medford Police, Ollison called out to the young girls, telling them to get into his car and began counting down.
Ollison told police that he believed the 11-year-old girls were his daughters.
“We do want people to know that this is very rare. It’s a good reminder, though, to teach your kids about what to do if they’re in a situation like this. The good news is that these girls acted, they ran, they created distance,” said Lieutenant Mike Budreau with the Medford Police Department.
Budreau says Ollison has a criminal history, including drug charges and appeared delusional when arrested.
Ollison is on parole for arson.
Police say he recently violated parole when using drugs.
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology.
In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she’s not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.