KIRKWOOD, Mo. — A man suspected of enticing two young girls in Kirkwood is now in police custody.

On Tuesday, police received two separate reports of a man attempting to convince two young girls to get into his minivan near North Geyer Road and Essex Avenue.

The incidents happened between 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. The man left the area after the girls refused his advances.

“It’s terrifying, thankfully nothing happened to anyone,” said Gloria Paez, who lives in the area. “It’s definitely an eerie feeling. It makes me not want to let the kids out to play in the front yard or the back yard because you just never know.”

The man is described as heavy-set, about 40 to 50 years old, with a reddish-brown beard. He was wearing a sky-blue colored shirt and driving a dark blue minivan with a trailer hitch.

Some parents in the area said they will be on high-alert. There are three different schools located within a few blocks of each other in the area and a steady stream of kids out and about daily.

“Kids need to be more vigilant and parents need to remind them to be careful, but the girls did the right thing,” said Kirkwood parent of three Bob Westerholt.

“There’s a middle school about five or six blocks away,” he continued. “I’m directly across from the elementary school. High school is about three or four blocks away. So after school, it’s high traffic time. When the weather is nice especially, a lot of kids walk or ride bikes on their blocks. So there are a lot more kids on the street.”

Parents should tell kids to report any suspicious activity. Kirkwood police are asking people to review home surveillance video and contact them at 314-984-6914 with any information.