A boy told Leawood police that a stranger offered him a ride Monday — at least the fourth time that children have reported strangers approaching them in less than a month.
By RICHARD ESPINOZA
The Kansas City Star
In the latest case, which police announced this afternoon, a middle-school age boy said a driver he didn’t know stopped on 95th Street near Wenonga Road about 4 p.m. and asked if he needed a ride. The boy said no, and the man asked him again. He drove off after the boy said no a second time.
The stranger was described as a white man, possibly Middle Eastern, with a full, dark beard, short, black hair and dark rimmed glasses. He drove an older model, two-door, blue Hyundai with a Missouri license plate and duct tape over the rear window brake light.
The recent spate of stranger-danger reports in Johnson County began Jan. 25, when a girl told Shawnee police that three men chased her on 67th Street east of Lackman Road while she was on her way to school.
She said the men left in a gold sedan with a damaged front, right quarter panel. Police did not have a complete description of the men.
On Feb. 1, a boy told Shawnee police that a man got out of an SUV and tried to grab him in the 7400 block of Bond Street. The SUV was described as faded red vehicle with tinted windows, possibly a Cadillac Escalade or GMC Denali.
That man was described as black, 28 to 35 years old, 5 feet 10, and 150 to 175 pounds. He was wearing a red, sleeveless shirt, blue jeans and Nike Air Jordan shoes. He had shoulder-length hair in dreadlocks, possibly with beads woven in. He wore a black ball cap backward. He had a scar on his left arm and a tattoo on his upper right arm and may have had some gold caps on his teeth.
On Feb. 5, a 14-year-old girl told Overland Park police that a stranger with a gun ordered her into a pickup near West 80th and Glenwood streets. He left when she ran toward her bus stop.
That stranger was described as a man in his 30s with a trimmed beard and mustache. He wore a dark blue, hooded sweatshirt and wire-rimmed glasses, and drove a white pickup.
On Wednesday, a girl told Overland Park police that a car stopped near her on Goddard Street near 103rd Street. The driver turned on his hazard lights and walked toward the front of his car carrying a rag. The girl got scared because he looked like he was heading in her direction, so she rode off on her bike.
Police do not know whether that incident was an abduction attempt or simply a driver who stopped to deal with car trouble.
Police say they have increased patrols in response to the reports.
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