Leawood police today are asking the public for help identifying a man who approached a Corinth Elementary student riding his bike home from school Wednesday afternoon and offered him a ride and candy.
The incident took place near 89th Street and Fairway, just over a mile from the school, at approximately 3:30 p.m. The boy says a male in his late teens or early 20s who had dyed orange hair worn in dreadlocks pulled alongside him in a late model gray minivan, which had a number of circular white stickers on the driver’s side door. The drive offered the boy a ride, and the boy declined. The driver then offered the boy some candy, and the boy again declined, and then proceeded to walk away from the 89th Street route. The driver initially followed the boy, but then continued driving north, and was last seen making a right turn onto 87th Terrace.
“In this case, the boy did the right thing, turning off away from the subject and then reporting the incident to his parents. With summer approaching, parents should take the time to review safety procedures around strangers with their children,” said Leawood police in a release.
The boy’s family reported the incident to police around 8:15 a.m. Thursday. Leawood police have been in communication with both Corinth Elementary administrators and the Prairie Village police department to coordinate stepped up patrols in the area.
Police are asking anyone who many have seen the driver or the car to contact the investigation unit at 913-663-9302.