ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) - Parents in Ellisville are taking action in their neighborhoods and at bus stops after two incidents were reported involving a suspicious woman in a white van approaching children.
Both incidents happened on Polaris Street.
In the first case, a woman in a white van or SUV approached a fourth grade girl three times and tried to coax her into her van. The girl ran home and her mom called the police.
The second one, which happened on Saturday, also involved a woman in a white van. She allegedly drove up to two 13 year old boys and asked if they'd heard about the previous incident. After they said they had, the mother of one of the boys tells us she drove off.
"It was bizarre," that mother says (she did not want to be identified).
Because they're not sure who or what they're dealing with, police are urging parents to be with their kids at bus stops.
We talked to a few parents who say this makes them nervous.
"Once we got all the information about how many times she'd approached the girl and the way that she tried to trick her, I think everyone around here got pretty freaked out about it," Margot Beasley said. "But the day after the incident, there's been a lot of police presence since then so that's made us feel a lot better.
"In this day and age you have to, unfortunately, be very vigilant. And I don't want to assume the worst but you kind of have to," Stacey Scott added.
Ellisville police say at this time they don't think the two incidents are related, but they're not ruling anything out.
"It's just a little strange that both of them are involving white vehicles," Sgt. Nancy Walker said. "But the descriptions of the vehicles were a little different. The woman description was a little bit different. So we're not quite sure. But of course we're going to investigate and see what we come up with."
Police are asking the driver(s) responsible to call them to sort this whole thing out. The number to Ellisville Police is 636-227-7777.