A Lakeview Middle School student was waiting for her bus in the Misty Woods subdivision when a stranger in a black Ford F-150 truck stopped to talk to her.
He got out and went to speak to her, claiming that his truck had broken down. A neighbor who was driving on the same road noticed that something looked odd and stopped. The neighbor called the student over, called the police and waited while the man walked back and forth to his truck, eventually starting it and driving it away.
The man was a white male in his late 20s, with blonde, shaved hair and a brown mustache and goatee. He was about 6 feet 1 inch tall, about 200 pounds, and he was wearing a red Dr. Pepper shirt and a camouflage hat.
Editor's note: The Platte County Sheriff includes some safety tips for parents and students after the break, to which I'd like to add to potential and would-be child molestors: Stay the hell away from our kids.
The Platte County Sheriff’s Department is investigating this incident, and they will increase patrols.This is a good reminder that we must teach our children about “stranger danger,” so we are including some safety tips for you to share with your child.
- Role-play with your children how someone might approach them to offer candy, ask for help, or if see they'd like to come and meet their new puppy. Then teach your children to say a firm “no” and to walk away.
- Remind children that strangers look like normal people, not monsters.
- Tell children not to approach a motor vehicle for someone asking directions, and tell them that adults do not need directions from children.
- Create a code word to use with your children, so they will know when a message is from you.
- If someone follows your child, the child should scream loudly and run away. If someone is attempting to grab your child, the child should fall to the ground and start kicking and screaming. The child should make as much noise as possible to attract attention.
- Tell your children to tell you if someone has asked them to keep a secret from you.
- Children have very good instincts. They should trust that feeling that tells them if something is safe or not.