GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police are investigating the sexual assault of a child at a Grandview park, and this may not be the man’s only victim.
Investigators said it happened around noon at Meadowmere Park near Byars Road.
They said a man told a pre-teen child he needed help looking for a lost pet. The two began searching and once alone with the child, the suspect had the child perform a sex act on him.
The suspect is described as:
- a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build
- approximately 50 years of age
- having short blonde hair
- wearing a black shirt and blue jeans
Detectives are also working to see if the same suspect is responsible for report of a man seen exposing himself to pedestrians earlier Thursday afternoon several blocks away from the park.
Grandview Police Sergeant Dean Van Winkle described the suspect as brash and connected him – by description – to the pair of incidents – including what happened at Meadowmere Park.
“It’s a pretty wide open park. It stretches for blocks going back towards the west. And it happened in an area kind of away from the public,” Van Winkle said.
“There was a man who told a pre-teen child that he needed help looking for a pet which is kind of one of the attacks that they use,” he said.
The assault is shocking to park regulars – noting the area’s closeness to Meadownmere Elementary School.
“I always tell my kids don’t be alone with someone else. So it’s at least two or three people together. And don’t be in the place that no one can see,” Amanda Chen – a mother who lives in Grandview – said.
“Have a sit-down talk with them,” Van Winkle said. “And explain to them that any adult that’s asking you to look for their pet is up to no good. Adults don’t need to ask for help from little children looking for their pets.”
But police warn this suspect could also be mobile – connecting his description with the suspect in a recent flashing.
“That person opened his pickup truck door and exposed himself to a teenage child walking on the sidewalks,” Van Winkle said.
Witnesses gave police similar suspect descriptions and say the man was driving a newer model black pick-up truck, possibly a Chevrolet Colorado.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Grandview Police Department or through the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS to provide information. Callers can remain anonymous.
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