Police in Overland Park and Leawood said two robberies and one attempted robbery Friday were related.
By TONY RIZZO
The Kansas City Star
No one was harmed in the incidents.
The crimes began just after 10 a.m. Friday when a man with a black handgun forced a woman to withdraw money from her bank after accosting her outside an Overland Park hospital.
The woman, who had a child with her, was in a parking lot outside Menorah Medical Center at 119th Street and Nall Avenue when the gunman approached her and forced her to drive to her bank nearby and withdraw money from an ATM.
She was then ordered to drive back to the area of the medical center, where the gunman got out of the car and fled on foot.
A second incident was reported just before noon near 120th Street and Roe Avenue in Leawood. A woman was running when a gunman ordered her to start walking in a different direction. She turned around, then ran into the street and yelled for help. The gunman ran.
A third incident was reported about an hour later at 105th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. A woman in a parking lot was robbed of her purse by a man with a handgun. The man ordered her into her car, but the woman refused and the gunman ran.
A witness saw the gunman get into a small white sedan with Missouri license plates driven by a second person. The vehicle was last seen near 107th and Barkley streets.
In each case, the gunman was described as a stocky Hispanic man in his 20s. He was estimated to be 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. In two cases, he was described as wearing a tight-fitting, possibly long-sleeve black shirt and baggy black shorts. In one incident, the gunman’s clothing was described as a white baseball-style shirt with navy blue sleeves. He also wore sunglasses and a baseball cap.
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477) or Overland Park police at 913-344-8750.
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