GLADSTONE, Mo. -- Gladstone parents are on alert after a recent report of a man exposing himself.
Police say the incident took place near NE 64th and N flora, which is in the area of two elementary schools and a middle school.
Letters about a stranger danger incident went out to parents at Meadowbrook Elementary, Oakwood Manor Elementary, and Antioch Middle schools. Alyssa Smera walks to Oakwood Manor each school day.
“I hope that whoever is doing this and the people that are doing this stop, so that we live in a safer place, and I can walk to school without worrying," said Smera.
Gladstone police say a woman was walking near NE 64th and North Flora Friday, when she came across a man who exposed his genitals to her. Wednesday morning, another mom claims a man fitting the same description tried to snatch her child.
Alyssa's mom Jeannie Robinett says it's been more than unsettling.
"I leave for work before she comes to school. With us being only .9 miles away from the school there's no bus service,” said Robinett.
Robinett already takes whatever precautions she can to make sure Alyssa makes it to school safe each day.
“My daughter has her own cellphone. She's always talking to either me or my mom as she's walking to school, so someone is always right there. She knows how to scream, yell, kick, whatever she needs to do to get away,” said Robinett.
Now Robinett hopes the man is caught before her child or any others encounter him.
Police say the suspect is a black male in his 20’s or 30’s. He’s about 5’8”, and weighs around 130 pounds.
They say he was driving a tan or gold SUV, with a partial Kansas plate of 414.
If you spot the man or the vehicle you are asked to call police or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.