Kids staying inside after Overland Park attempted abduction

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Overland Park police and neighbors were on watch Tuesday night after a 9-year-old girl told police someone tried to abduct her.

The girl's older brother said it happened around noon, but she was too scared to tell her parents until around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

He said he was home at the time, but he didn't see the man get out of his car and try to grab her. The brother said she had never seen the man before.

These types of abductions are not common.

Although several registered sex offenders live in a one mile radius of the home near 87th and Melrose, the FBI said only 1 percent of registered sex offenders are found to be the abductor in kidnapping cases.

In fact, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, every year 115 children are victims of what they call "stereotypical" kidnapping. That involves someone the child did not know.

In this case, the girl got away unharmed.

Diane, who lives across the street from the girl, said, "They told me she kind of flailed her arms or something as she kicked at him; she did the right thing."

The girl said the man was about six feet tall, medium build with a "scruffy" blonde beard. Police are looking for an older model green pickup truck.

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