Man charged after witnesses say he grabbed, drug child in Lenexa - KCTV5

Man charged after witnesses say he grabbed, drug child in Lenexa

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Jefferey Bendure, 48, of Baxter Springs, KS, has been charged with one count of endangering a child and one count of battery. (KCTV5) Jefferey Bendure, 48, of Baxter Springs, KS, has been charged with one count of endangering a child and one count of battery. (KCTV5)
JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

A man has been charged after a frightening incident at an apartment complex on Tuesday.

It happened about 6:49 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 7800 block of Charles Street in Lenexa, KS.

Jefferey Bendure, 48, of Baxter Springs, KS, has been charged with one count of endangering a child and one count of battery.

Officers were sent to the scene after reports of a man acting suspiciously, rolling around on the ground and making strange noises in the apartment complex's green space.

When officers arrived they spoke with witnesses who say Bendure grabbed a juvenile who was playing in the area and drug her across the grass.

Witness Angelique Hilburn says the suspect went after an 8-year-old girl playing outside of the apartments. She watched the incident across the street. 

"He started pulling her down that hill by her ankles and then did this," Hilburn said. "She thought she could help him because he was sick and I said no sweetie, you've got to come get an adult when something like that's going on." 

Police found Bendure in a nearby apartment and arrested him.

Authorities believe Bendure was high on some kind of drug at the time.

Police do not believe the incident was an abduction attempt.

Bendure is being held on $25,000 bond.

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