Shawnee Sixth Grader Runs from Attempted Abduction

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SHAWNEE, Kan. --A Shawnee, Kan., sixth grader said he ran away when a man told him to 'get in his car' Friday.

Police say the boy told them he was approached by the stranger walking home from school near 74th and Neiman. It's the second attempted abduction in the area in less than a week, according to police.

"Certainly if any young person is confronted by someone that scares them in any way, we would encourage them to draw as much attention to themselves as possible, run, scream, yell, try to attract the attention of a passing motorist," said Major Bill Hisle with the Shawnee Police Department.

Earlier last week, on Monday, a different child, a 12-year-old girl, told them she was approached by three men on her way to the bus stop on 67th Street between Lackman and Pflumm roads. Police say she too ran away and is also OK.

Hayden Smart is a nanny who takes many of the children she babysits to a nearby park in the area. She was surprised to learn that just a few miles away police are investigating their second attempted abduction in a week.

"I'm just kind of shocked that that would happen and that there's people like that out there," she said.

The Shawnee Mission School District is warning parents in the area to be alert.

"As part as that voice message that the principal will send out, he'll encourage parents to review safety precautions, encourage children to walk in groups whenever possible and in this particular case, fortunately that student appears to have practiced those good stranger danger tips," said district spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal.

Police say at this point they are not making a connection between the two attempted abductions.

The suspect Friday is a man in his late 20s to early 30s, 5'10" tall, 150-175 pounds with shoulder length dreadlocks, gold caps on some teeth and a tattoo on the upper right arm.

Monday's suspects are described as two men in their 20s, one with short dreadlocks.

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