Greenwood police investigating possible ‘stranger danger’ case

tporter@lsjournal.comJune 3, 2014 

Greenwood Police are being bombarded with tips after a reported stranger danger incident involving a juvenile.

Greenwood Police Lt. Aaron Fordham said a male described as white with a slim build in his 40s or 50s approached a juvenile around 2 p.m. May 29 in the 1400 block of Spruce near 16th Avenue and asked the juvenile if they would help him find his dog.

The juvenile, who didn’t recognize the man, immediately became suspicious of the request. The man is said to be driving an older model, dull brick red Toyota minivan with possible Kansas license plates. The minivan has rust around the driver’s side wheel well, possible front-end damage and ‘First Year Anniversary’ written in pink window chalk on its back window.

Fordham said the suspect male has dark hair, a goatee and possible skin defects near the cheek area where his complexion is kind of dry and flaky. He added the department has received numerous tips from the public regarding the incident and advised anyone with information about the man or his vehicle to contact Greenwood Police at 816-537-5020 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

In other Greenwood news, police arrested a man May 30 one day after he eluded police by driving through a resident’s yard. Fordham said the man, whose name has not being released, was positively identified by the pursuing officer who stopped the pursuit after the suspect maneuvered through the yard.

Police apprehended the suspect the next day based on the officer’s description and identification of the suspect, Fordham said. The incident happened in the 1800 block of Curtis Drive.

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