Armed man sought after attempted child abduction in Overland Park

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Overland Park police are looking for an armed man who attempted to abduct a teenage girl on her way to the bus stop Tuesday morning.

Authorities said the 14-year-old was near 80th Street and Glenwood around 8:05 a.m. when the man stopped his white pickup truck and told her to get in. The man revealed a gun, but did not point it at her.

The victim ran and made it safely to her bus stop where she told school officials what happened.

Police are looking for a white man in his 30s. He was last seen wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and wire-rimmed glasses. He has a trimmed beard and mustache.

The victim attends Indian Hills Middle School in Prairie Village. The school's resource officer said the campus is not on lockdown.

Seventh grader Jason Bryant said he rides the same bus as the victim.

"I am just like, oh my gosh, not again, because I think this has happened before," Bryant said.

This location is not far away from two other attempted abductions in Johnson County in the last two weeks.

The attempted abduction occurred about six miles to the south and east of two other attempted abductions in Johnson County in the last two weeks.

The first happened Friday, Jan. 25, in the 14400 block of W. 67th Street in Shawnee as a 12-year-old girl was walking to school.

In that incident, the girl told police she was approached by two men in their 20s who asked her if she would like to come to their house. When she tried to run away, a third person driving a gold four-door sedan with front-end damage on the right front quarter panel pulled into a driveway and blocked her path.

The second incident took place a week later , on Friday, Feb. 1, in the 7400 block of Bond Street, also in Shawnee.

A 12-year-old boy told his mother he was walking home from school when a black male in his 20s got out of a red sport utility vehicle and tried to grab him, telling him to "get in the car."

No arrests have been made in either case.

Carolyn Harris is a stay-at-home mother and lives in the area.

She said these stories are a big concern.

"I just worry about the kids who are waiting at the bus stop, and I am glad that I stay at home so I can take them to school every morning," Harris said.

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