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Lee’s Summit PD Closes Stranger Danger Case As...
Lee’s Summit PD Closes Stranger Danger Case As Not Related To Greenwood Incident, Greenwood Police Still On The Hunt For Suspect
June 7, 2014
By Jay Mejia
The Greenwood, MO Police Department is still investigating and searching for a suspect who attempted to lure a nine-year-old boy into his red, late-model mini-van. Meanwhile, a reported similar colored van and purported similar incident in Lee’s Summit turned out to be a man and his son selling baseball fundraiser coupons.
On Friday May 30, according to Lt. Aaron Fordham with the Greenwood Police Department, a resident in Greenwood reported that a man in a minivan approached a young boy asking him to help look for his dog. The boy, aware of Stranger Danger responses, ran inside his house and his father notified police about the suspicious individual.
Greenwood police continue to "run their investigation down to the ground" until they find the man in a similar-colored van with possible Kansas license plates, Lt. Fordham said.
Working closely together, the two law enforcement agencies determined that the person of interest was no longer a suspect.
Lt. Fordham said the Greenwood police department is continuing to search for the suspect and have stepped up patrols.
The suspect in the Greenwood incident is described as a white male in his forties or fifties with a scruffy goatee.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Greenwood Police Department at 816.537.5020.
Tips for Child Safety
From the Law Enforcement Agencies of Lee’s Summit and Greenwood, MO
Not all bad people are bad but young children are always vulnerable.
To ensure the safety of your child, here are some suggested practices:
• Always know where your child is at all times.
• Have them check with you on a regular basis on a time schedule that is age appropriate.
• If your children have smartphones, many service providers offer free applications that can be used as locators – one is called “Find my iPhone” for example.
• Report suspicious vehicles immediately to the police. They would prefer to know quickly and find the car and occupants are benign rather than wondering about the person’s intent when reported two days later.
• Talk to your children and educate them. Don’t scare them, as not all people are bad. Help them develop common sense instincts.
These tips and strategies are courtesy of Lt. Aaron Fordham of the Greenwood Police Department and Sgt. Christopher Depue with the Lee’s Summit Police Department.
Character Patrol: Craig Harris at Beacon Press