Police warn residents of suspicious man
Two recent incidents in which an unknown man attempted to make contact with women returning home have prompted the Basehor Police Department to advise residents to take safety precautions.
"We have an individual that's not necessarily stalking but trying to make contact with female subjects when they are coming home," police chief Vince Weston said. "People really need to be aware of their surroundings after dark."
At 5 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, a homeowner in the 2000 block of North 153rd Terrace, contacted police and said that at the same time he was unlocking the door for his daughter who was returning home, a man tried to enter his house.
Two days later, at 1:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, an unknown male approached a woman coming home in the 3700 block of N. 154th Street, and grabbed her by the arms. The woman screamed and the assailant fled on foot.
She described the man as a white male, 16 to 18 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 140 to 150 pounds with short brown hair.
Police searched the area but could not locate the suspect. A police bulletin was put out that day advising law enforcement agencies to be watchful for a man matching the description.
The police department is continuing to investigate the two incidents, authorities said.
Weston advised residents to take the following precautions to help deter crimes outside the home:
- Make sure the home's exterior is well lit.
- Lock all doors and secure windows.
- Secure vehicle doors.
The police chief also asked residents to report anyone matching the suspect's description or any suspicious persons. If anyone sees someone with the description of the suspicious person, keep at a safe distance, Weston added.
"There's no such thing as a needless 911 call in a case like this," Weston said.