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Mission police warn of suspicious man near elementary school

Posted at 4:01 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 17:05:34-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mission Police Department said Wednesday it will have an increased presence near Rushton Elementary School after a man reportedly followed a child this week, making the child uncomfortable.

The child was walking around 4:15 p.m. Monday near 53rd Street and Lamar Avenue when a man got out of the passenger side of a black four-door sedan and began walking behind the child, police said.

There was no attempt to abduct the child and the man did not speak to the child, police said, but the man’s behavior alarmed the child as well as an adult witness driving nearby.

The man was described as approximately 30 years old, wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a black baseball hat. A woman was driving the vehicle.

“It is unknown what the male’s intent was at this time, but the Mission Police Department takes reports of this nature very seriously and will be investigating this incident,” police said in a statement.

Mission police have been in contact with the Shawnee Mission School District, which will notify parents with children at Rushton Elementary.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mission police at 913-676-8300.