Police are seeking the public's help in finding a man who attempted to lure two young girls in a south Wichita park into his truck by offering jewelry and stuffed animals Wednesday evening.
The man was described as Hispanic and 35 to 40 years old. He was wearing a red hat, blue jeans and a plaid shirt, Lt. Doug Nolte said Thursday. He was driving an early 1980s blue Ford truck with a partial license plate of 717. The truck had a white horizontal stripe on its side and a red, white and blue tailgate.
Someone called 911 to report what appeared to be suspicious behavior by a man at a park in the 1300 block of South Topeka shortly before 7 p.m., Nolte said.
The man was gone by the time officers arrived, but the two girls, ages 7 and 11, told police he tried to get them into his truck by offering jewelry and stuffed animals.
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He had used the same tactic a couple of weeks ago, they told police, and after they got in the truck he exposed himself to them.
Nolte called the man's actions "very disturbing."
Others were in the park at the time of the incident — including the girls' parents — but they did not see the man, Nolte said.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect should call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111, Nolte said.
Parents should talk to their young children about "stranger danger," Nolte said. If they want help in learning how to do that, he said, they can call his office at 316-268-4231.