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Police looking for person who tried to rob woman while she got her mail

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LEAWOOD, KS (KCTV) -

Police are on the lookout for someone who tried to rob a Leawood, KS, woman while she was getting her mail.

The Leawood Police Department was still trying to track down the suspect and a possible accomplice after calling two outside agencies to help with the search Wednesday night.

"Officers when they responded ordered a canine unit and asked for assistance from Johnson County and Kansas City, MO. Kansas City, MO, sent their helicopter overhead," Capt. Kevin Cauley said.

It was an all out search for an armed suspect who surprised a 61-year-old woman as she stopped to get her mail.

"He pointed a gun at her and said, 'Give me your money,'" Cauley said.

It happened about 8 p.m. at the Leawood At State Line apartment complex at 138th Street and Kenneth Road. The mailboxes are across the street from the apartment building.

The suspect tried to rob the woman, but a man nearby in a car saw what was happening.

"He started honking his horn to spook the robber. It was probably very fortunate. There's no telling what would've happened but, by him honking his horn, at least it brought attention to the area and probably made the guy leave quicker than he would have," Cauley said.

The woman didn't have any cash on her and, when the horn sounded, the would-be robber ran away with an accomplice through a wooded area.

Police believe the two men might have parked in a nearby shopping center and walked over, waiting for an unsuspecting victim to stop. Officers searched for the suspects but, so far, no arrests have been made.

The victim wasn't hurt.

"She was shaken up last night, obviously, but she's doing fine today," said Cauley.

Anyone who may have seen the two men near the Target on 135th Street and State Line or has any information that can help, is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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