KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Parents in a Northland neighborhood are on high alert, after their kids say an older man has been watching them get off the school bus.
So far, at least two elementary-aged students have reported the man trying to motion them over to his pick-up truck at their bus stop near NW 66th Terrace and N. Holly in Kansas City, Mo.
“I had to teach him about stranger danger again,” said mother Samantha about her 6-year-old son. “Now he’s scared to death to come to the bus stop, get on the bus, which he shouldn`t be. It`s not okay.”
While officers haven't arrested anyone yet, they told parents they have honed in on a suspect. He’s a man who, according to state records, is a registered sex offender who was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor.
It's a situation that's led to more police patrols in their neighborhood and a letter sent to parents at West Englewood Elementary School in the North Kansas City School District.
Concerns have been growing since several children reported seeing a man with a white beard in his 50s parked in his red pick-up truck near the bus stop for several days.
A 7-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy told police the man motioned for them to come over to his red pick-up truck.
“We were outraged,” said a young man who said the 7-year-old victim is his little sister. “This shouldn`t happen to anybody. We shouldn`t have to worry about this.”
He asked FOX 4 to hide his identity for safety reasons, but he said his little sister spotted the truck, “and a man inside was pointing at her and telling her to, ‘come here,’ with his hand gestures.”
He’s now thankful his little sister had the sense to run back to the bus.
“I thank God that she did the right thing,” he said. “I couldn`t even begin to fathom that thought [if something had happened to her].”
As for the possibility that the stranger is a registered sex offender with a history of targeting children, parents say that's even more disturbing.
“If it is a sex offender doing something like that, you`d think he would`ve learned his lesson,” Samantha said. “It`s just not okay.”
After the close calls, West Englewood Elementary sent a note home to parents explaining what happened, and providing tips to protect children from stranger danger.
“Just to keep your little ones close, keep an eye out,” Samantha said. “I mean, even though you don`t think somebody might be suspicious, you never know.”
Parents said both Kansas City police and the Clay County Sheriff's office have been monitoring that bus stop for several days this week.
Police are continuing to investigate, but right now it's unclear if they have enough evidence to arrest anyone.