Second attempted child abduction in Manchester
MANCHESTER, MO (KTVI)– The parents of a fourth grader who eluded an attempted abduction are urging students and parents to be on the lookout for suspicious persons driving a white cargo van with tinted windows in the Manchester, MO area.
This is the second such incident in the past ten days targeting girls in Manchester. However police do not believe they are connected. The first one occurred on Enchanted Parkway September 23.
Manchester police say a nine year old girl told them she was approached in the 900 block of Queensbridge about 3:15 Tuesday afternoon as she rode her bike home from school. A man told her to get in the cargo vanand she quickly rode home.
‘It was the first day she rode her bike to school. She wanted to be a big girl,’ said her father as he described the experience. ‘She came running in the house terrified saying somebody tried to make her get in a van.’
The child`s mother said she had told her daughter what to do if a stranger approached her, ‘but every parent thinks it can`t happen to them.’ She wants parents to know ‘it can happen to anybody at any time.’
The girl described the experience to Manchester police and they sent officers into the neighborhood Tuesday but did not locate any suspects. Parkway school officials sent an email and automated phone call to parents of children at Hanna Woods Elementary School where the fourth grader is a student. Principals have also been reminded to urge students to walk in groups and to never get in a vehicle with a stranger or even approach a vehicle.
The youngster`s father said his daughter described the person who got out of the van as tan skinned with bushy eye brows and trimmed facial hair. He has a scar above his eye. He was wearing jean pants, work boots and a gray shirt. ‘I`m just really thankful my daughter made it home safely,’ he said. The police report describes the suspect as black.
Anyone who might have seen a white cargo van in the Manchester area is asked to contact the Manchester police at 636-227-1410.