Police: Girl Narrowly Avoids Abduction After Getting Off School Bus

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SHAWNEE, Kan. - Police are investigating after a girl was nearly kidnapped by a stranger after getting off of a school bus on Thursday afternoon.

According to Shawnee Police, the 13-year-old girl got off the school bus around 55th and Monrovia around 4:10 p.m. and was walking home when a man approached her looking for help with an address. Police say that the girl approached within a few feet of the driver when she noticed that he had a blank piece of paper instead of an address. She then told the man that she couldn't help him and continued walking toward home when the man approached again, telling her that he had a gun and threatened to shoot her unless she got in his car.

Police say that the girl ran toward home and the suspect followed in his vehicle, driving up into the grass to try and stop the girl from escaping. The girl managed to make it home, where her mother called 9-1-1.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 40's, with black hair and a moustache. He was driving a dirty, dark-colored SUV, believed to be a 90's model Nissan Pathfinder, with a modified exhaust system.

Anybody with information in the case is asked to call the Shawnee Police Department, or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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