Shawnee police search for man after attempted child abduction

SHAWNEE, Kan. - Shawnee police are looking for a man who reportedly tried to abduct a child Friday.

The child's mother told police her son was walking home when he encountered the man in the 7400 block of Bond St. The man got out of a red SUV and tried to grab the boy, telling him to "get in the car," according to police.

The boy ran home, then notified his mother about the incident.

Police describe the attempted abductor as a black male between 28-35 years old. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs between 150-175 pounds.

He has shoulder-length dread locks and a scar on his left arm. Police said he also has a tattoo on his upper right arm and gold caps on his teeth.

This is the second attempted abduction in Shawnee in one week. Last Friday, a 12-year-old girl said she was approached by two men as she walked to school in the 14400 block of W. 67th St. 

Major Bill Hisle, with the Shawnee Police Department, said they do not believe the two incidents are related.  But, they do want parents to be on guard. 

"We encourage parents to talk to their kids about their children's safety, and the fact that if they are confronted they should make as much noise as possible and scream and get to a neighbor's house," Hisle said.

Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS, or the Shawnee Police Department, 913-631-2155.

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