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Lee's Summit parents warned after elementary student approached by suspicious man

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Police say a student was approached on Thursday at the bus stop in the area of NW Lake Drive and NW Cimarron Street. (KCTV5) Police say a student was approached on Thursday at the bus stop in the area of NW Lake Drive and NW Cimarron Street. (KCTV5)
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Authorities in Lee’s Summit are warning parents about a suspicious man who approached children at a bust stop in the Lakewood area.

Police say a student was approached on Thursday at the bus stop in the area of NW Lake Drive and NW Cimarron Street.

“He said, ‘Are you late for the bus? Come here, get in the car. I’ll take you. I said, ‘No!’ really loudly and ran,” Finnegan McRoy said.

Finnegan’s mom, Lynnetta McRoy, says it happened fast.

“In that little bit of time between myself and two other parents, a gentleman pulled up to him right up to him,” she said.

That man, Finnegan says, tried to lure him into his car while his mom just a few steps behind him.

“He said, ‘Mom, I’m so glad you told me what to do. I got that yucky feeling in my belly, and I ran,” McRoy said.

Finnegan is a third-grader at Hazel Grove Elementary. His mom taught him not to talk to strangers, but he never thought he would have something like this happen.

“I think that was a really good idea for her,” he said.

Police say McRoy taught her son to do the right thing, and now she is spreading that message around the neighborhood.

“He just said, ‘Tell your kids what to do. You can’t walk them to the bus stop everyday … there can’t always be a parent there, tell them what to do so they know,” she said.

Police want to remind parents to talk to their children about safety at the school bus and to use the “buddy system.” Kids should walk with a friend or family members. Also, tell your kid to follow their instincts. 

Police are still searching for a man in his 30s with short brown hair. He was driving a small, silver four-door vehicle.

McRoy says ever since he talked to her son he’s been spotted around the neighborhood in that car. Everyone now is just keeping an extra eye out.

“We’re all a little bit crazy, yesterday every parent was at the bus stop,” McRoy said.

Police are now increasing patrols in the Lakewood neighborhood. Officers ask if you see anything suspicious or out of the ordinary to call them. 

Lee’s Summit R-7 School issued the following statement about the incident on their Facebook page:

“This provides us with a reminder about the importance of discussing safety both at school and at home. When walking to school, a friend’s house or other locations, it is best for children to use the “buddy system” and walk with other friends or family members. Students should avoid strangers at all times, whether they are pedestrians or drivers. In addition, children are urged to follow their own instincts. If they ever feel uncomfortable in any situation or with anyone, it is wise to get away from the person or persons and tell an adult.

As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority at all Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. You are encouraged to contact the Lee’s Summit Police Department if you see any suspicious activity. Please also feel free to contact your school office.”

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