Girl, 10, fought off man who grabbed her at her KC bus stop

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A ten-year-old Kansas City girl says a man dressed in black and wearing a ski mask tried to force her into his truck on Monday, and now police are investigating the frightening incident that happened near her school bus stop at Roberts and Indiana Avenue, in Kansas City’s northeast area.

“He got out of his truck and tried to grab her,” said Rhonda Ralls.

The fifth grader told police it happened Monday afternoon. She says she was hit in the face and fought for her life when the man in the white, rusty truck grabbed her and tried to force her into the vehicle.

Lawonta Smith, 10, says when she got off the school bus at about 3:30 Monday afternoon, she noticed the truck, but didn’t think much of it until the man started following her.

Smith says the man asked her if she wanted a ride, and when she refused, he grabbed her around the wrist.

“He was in a truck and then when I was walking he said, ‘Do you want a ride?’ I said no, then he got out of the truck and tried to put me in his car..then I kicked him and he got in his vehicle and he threw something at me,” Smith said.

The man threw something at Smith, hitting her on the lip.
The man threw something at Smith, hitting her on the lip.

She says whatever he threw at her, hit her above her lip.

Her family says from now on they will meet her at her bus stop so she doesn’t walk home alone.

According to Smith, the man was in a white flatbed truck with a lot of rust and a dent behind one of the doors.
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