Blue Springs police increase neighborhood patrols after teen reports suspicious man

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Police are looking for a man who approached a 14-year-old girl as she got off the school bus Wednesday.

This is a case where everyone involved did everything right to prevent the situation from having a bad outcome.

Police say the Grain Valley High School freshman got off the school bus in front of her home about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday to see an unusual minivan parked in front of her driveway.

An alert bus driver asked the girl if she knew who the vehicle belonged to and waited until the girl got into her home and closed her door.

A man then came around to the front of the house, knocked on the door, and turned the door knob in an attempt to get in. That's when the girl's mother says she realized something was wrong.

"At that point she noticed that his car was running and kind of parked at an angle to where it was blocking the road but in our driveway and running," said Dawn Carnahan, the girl's mother. "So we don't know if his intentions were good or bad, doesn't sound like they were good."

An alert next door neighbor then approached the man and asked if she could help him. The man said hello, but then immediately left and drove away in the late-model Chrysler minivan. The neighbor followed and Carnahan says the van ran a stop sign to get away from the neighbor.

Police are describing the man as white, in his 40s, about 5' 8" tall, with wavy sandy brown hair. He was wearing a baseball cap and a t-shirt that had paint splashes on it.

Police tell FOX 4 News they are investigating leads in the case. The neighbor gave detectives a partial license plate number. And there are extra patrols in the neighborhood. The school district also is reminding parents to talk to their children about having a plan of action when they encounter a stranger.