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How many attempted child abductions have there been in Colorado?

UPDATE:  On October 22, Authorities released information that they made a DNA match.  DNA connected to Jessica’s murder matched DNA from an attempted abduction of a woman who was jogging at Ketner Lake were made.  This means that the man has not limited himself to trying to abduct just children.  With that new information I have added adult abductions along with the children abductions reported in the Colorado area.

Previous story:   I began searching for any past child abduction attempts over the last couple of years in Colorado and this is what I found from most recent to oldest:  (Please note that there is probably a lot more that did not get out to the public.  If you live in Colorado and know of a case, like an incident that happened near your child’s school or something reported to police that happened but it never made it to the local media, please let us know, so I can add it to the list.  (You can remain anonymous) 

What I am attempting to do is find out if there are any similarities in any of these cases.  A car is the best way, but if you have no car info, that is alright.

Also, at the bottom of this, I am talking about how many violent sexual offenders there are in Colorado, and one particular man that was arrested and had in his possession a brown cross. (Police found a small wooden cross while investigating the murder of Jessica Ridgeway and are determining if there is a connection)

Attempted Child Abductions:

October 28, 2012 – Parker, Colo. – A child was approached by a man who told him to get into his vehicle in the Canterberry subdivision near the 2300 block of Broadmoor Drive at 2:34 p.m., but the boy ran away. The car is a black 4-door sedan (see photo).  A neighbor’s outdoor surveillance camera captured a photo of the car. The man was white male, wearing a light-colored striped dress shirt and there was also a teen girl in the car

October 22, 2012, Aurora, Colo.  An 8-year-old girl on her way to school in Aurora Monday morning was told by a stranger to get in his sport-utility vehicle, police said.
The child was at a bus stop near East Louisiana Avenue and South Idalia Street at about 8:30 a.m, when a man pulled over in the green, two-door “Jeep-like” vehicle, the child told police. She ran to friends who were approaching the bus stop, and the SUV left. The girl reported the incident when she reached her school, Aurora police said Monday afternoon. The SUV also had a passenger. A person who lives in the area told police she did not see the incident Monday morning, but had noticed a green Chevy Blazer in the area apparently watching the kids at the bus stop.

October 21, 2012, Woodland Park, Colo.  An 8-year-old boy was approached by a man driving a blue Jeep Wrangler near Forest Edge Circle. The man opened the door and asked the boy to get inside, but the boy refused and ran to a friend’s house. The driver of the Jeep is described as a white man with short hair a full beard that reaches to his chest. He was wearing a black shirt with a white skull on it.

October 19, 2012 Colorado Springs, Colo. Officers from the Falcon Division responded to The Classical Academy at 975 Stout Rd. to investigate suspicious circumstances. A 9 year-old male reported he was walking eastbound in the parking lot of The Classical Academy when a middle aged male, sitting in a brown rusty full-size truck, possibly a Ford, asked him if he could help to find a lost puppy.

October 17, 2012 – Littleton, Colo. A 14-year-old boy walking home from a friend’s house told authorities that a man tried to pull him toward a car, but he ran away.  Jefferson County sheriff’s officials said the boy reported noticing a dark blue or black sedan following him as he walked near Falcon Bluffs Middle School in Littleton and the driver yelled to the boy, who began running. The boy says the man chased him, grabbed his arm and started pulling him toward the car. The boy managed to run away.The suspect is described as white, 35 to 40 years old, about 200 pounds, with medium salt and pepper hair.
October 14, 2012 – Parker, Colo. – A mother of three children was placing two of the kids in her vehicle in her driveway around 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 near Lamar Drive and Clarke Farms Drive.  She heard a vehicle pull up, then a man’s voice. When she looked around to the other side of her vehicle, a male passenger in a teal-colored Chevrolet Astro Van was “signaling with his hands” for the 4-year-old girl to come toward him.

When the suspect saw the mother, he ducked down and the van sped off.

October 11, 2012 –  Haxtun, Colo. –  A child was grabbed by a man who had gotten out of his van and approached him asking him if he wanted candy on the 300 block of North Colorado Avenue.  It was reported that a light colored van had pulled over in the 300 block of North Colorado Avenue and a man got out of the van and asked the juvenile if they wanted candy.  Another child pulled the child away the two ran to a house, according to the press release.  The man was wearing a turquoise colored tshirt, black pants and black beanie hat.  He had brown hair, gray goatee.  A tattoo on his right forearm of an anchor.  He was wearing sunglasses with writing on the side.  It was reported that there was a female passenger in the front of the van. The female was described to have medium length blond curly hair and was wearing a red tank top. It was also reported that there might have been another male and female in the back of the van. The van, was light in color, possibly gold or tan minivan, and possibly a Dodge Caravan. The van was reported to have all of the window blocked out except three of them and perhaps had some paint chips missing from the front. The van was reported to have pulled over on the wrong side of the road. The van then drove off, heading northbound on Colorado Avenue and then turned east onto Wilson Street.”

October 5, 2012 – Actual Abduction – Jessica Ridgeway disappeared.  Her remains were found a week later.  May have been a light-colored SUV.

September 17, 2012 – Iliff, Colo. – Logan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious incident in Iliff.  A 9-year-old male was waiting for the school bus outside his Iliff home. A male in a silver van drove up to the boy and told him “come over here.” The male allegedly repeated this several times and then drove away.  The man was described as a white male, having a round face, with brown hair and a black mustache. The vehicle was described as a silver van, with a dent in the rear door.

September 14, 2012 – Fountain, Colo.  7700 block of Fountain Mesa Road.  Child walking home and a black man in a grey pickup truck stopped and told the child to get into the truck.

September 14, 2012 – Fountain, Colo. Near Fountain Middle School, a child was followed by a white pickup truck, when the child got out a cell phone the truck drove away.

September 12, 2012 – Security Widefield, Colo. – 12-year-old boy on Caballero Avenue in Security Widefield, Colo. in El Paso County.  A heavy-set- white man, 6′ tall with potbelly, bald, brown/white plaid shirt and jeans, faded red pontiac sedan late 1990‘s – attempted abduction.

September 9 and 10, 2012 – Arvada, Colo. – Arvada Police are investigating two attempted abductions. The first occurred last Sunday around 5:30 p.m., near 77th Drive and Terry Court. An 8-year-old boy was playing basketball in his driveway when he says he was approached by a man. The suspect went into the parking lot of Fitzmorris Elementary School in Arvada and approached a 9-year-old boy. He again offered the child candy if he would get into the suspect’s car. This child also ran from the suspect. (candy man).  Both children offered similar descriptions of the suspect and his car. He is described as being a white male between the ages of 20 and 40 with brown hair. He did not wear glasses. His vehicle is described as being a royal blue four-door sedan. (candy man)

August 21, 2012 – Denver, Colo. – A man in two different attempted abductions, grabbed two women. The first incident was at 5th and High streets. The second took place a few minutes later a block away.  Police said that after each incident the Hispanic man drove off in a black Nissan Maxima with a loud muffler and with orange tape covering the license plate. 


June, 23, 2012 – SHERIDAN, Colo. A woman picked up a 2-year-old boy at the 4300 block of South Lowell and began carrying him to a white van. The victim’s mother says she saw another woman carrying her 2-year-old son towards a white van. The mother yelled at the woman who dropped the child and ran away. The van was being driven by a black man and was last seen on Quincy Avenue headed west. The suspect was described as an Asian female (composite on the right) with dark shoulder-length hair, about 30 years old. She’s around 5-foot-5, 120 lbs. The van is an older panel van with a possible temporary plate and rust on the bottom of the doors.

May 28, 2012 – Westminster Colo. Ketner Lake – ADULT  (This is the case where the DNA matches up) Police say the attack happened when a woman passed the suspect once, as he walked the opposite way, but when she looped around again, he was walking in the same direction and grabbed her as she ran by. She told police the suspect tried to put a cloth over her face, with some kind of chemical on it. She managed to fight him off and called 911 as he ran away, reports KDVR News.  Man described as light skinned male, between 18-30 years-old (age hard to determine because of ball cap), between 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall, brown hair and medium build. He was wearing a blue cap, a black T-shirt, jeans and small rimmed sunglasses.

April 26, 2012 – Lone Tree, Colo. A 11-year-old girl riding her bicycle on Heritage Hills Parkway and South Shadow Circle was approached by a white van.  She said that two men tried to grab her.  Police have arrested  Monte Greenwald and Raymond Desrosiers the next day. Officers said the pair was working at a home in the area.

March 28, 2012 – Denver, Colo. –  Around 1 p.m. two men in a white Chevy S-10 pickup truck grabbed a 9-year-old girl near Eliot Street and 52nd Avenue and attempted to drag her to the vehicle. The pickup had a single piece of tubing sticking out of the bed of the truck.  The girl’s mother came running up and the men let the girl go. The driver was described as a white man wearing a light blue baseball cap and missing some front teeth. The passenger was a white man, balding with straight hair around the sides. He was missing his top two front teeth.

January 20, 2012 – Colorado Springs – Actual Abduction, child found, Jose Garcia abducted a 9-year-old girl as she walked home from school.  Garcia’s car broke down and when they reached a convenience store the girl called 911.  She suffered injuries, but was alright and Garcia was arrested.   

January 31, 2012 – Thornton, Colo. A man (photo right) is suspected of trying to kidnap a woman at a Walmart. The attempted abduction happened Tuesday, Jan. 3 at the store near 99th and Grant around 9:30 p.m.   A woman said she noticed the man following her in the store and then he followed her to her car. He then tried to force his way into the car by showing her a gun. She screamed for help and he walked away. (Looks like same man from August 12 incident in Pueblo)

October 5, 2011 – 
Aurora, Colo. A man (composite left) attempted to abduct a 13-year-old girl around 7:15 a.m. in the 17200 block of E. Brown Circle. The 13-year-old girl was walking to school when the man approached the girl and asked if she would help him find his dog. When the girl told the man she had to go to school, he allegedly grabbed her by the wrist and tried to pull her toward his vehicle, which was parked nearby. The girl was able to get away from him and run to school, where she told officials who then notified police. The suspect is described as being 20 to 40 years old, over 6 feet tall, thin, with blond hair, crooked teeth and a possible injury to one of his hands. He was possibly driving a white Chrysler or Dodge minivan.

October 22, 2011 – Northglenn, Colo. A student walking home from school told police she was approached by a suspicious man near Westview Elementary School.   The man was driving a newer model black two-door car. The man allegedly opened the passenger side door and told the student to get in the vehicle. The student ran home.
The man is described as Hispanic, in his 20s, approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build and a goatee. He was wearing a green beanie and a green tank top with black pants.

August 12, 2011 – Pueblo, Colo. ADULT A victim told officers she’d left the Pueblo Board of Water Works at Grand Avenue and 5th Street when she saw the man (composite left) in the back of her mini-van. (Looks like same man in Thornton attempted kidnapping at Walmart in January) Surveillance pictures show the man following about a minute behind the victim when she arrived at the Board of Water Works. While she went in to the building, he got in her car. She told police when she saw the suspect, she jumped out of her vehicle without even shifting into park. After the van hit a tree, the suspect got out and ran away from the scene. He is described as being between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10. He has short hair with a receding hairline. Police say he weighs between 150 and 180 pounds. He was driving a gold two-door 2001 to 2004 Toyota Solara with a dark glass sunroof.
July 5, 2011 COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. —A man  allegedly tried to kidnap and expose himself to a little girl. The incident happened near Carmel Middle School Monday where a 9-year-old girl was waiting for an ice cream truck.Police said a white man driving a white 4-door hatchback pulled up to the girl and asked if she wanted to see “man parts.” The child began to back away from the vehicle and told the man “no.” That’s when he offered the girl $1.The suspect is described as a man in his late 20’s to early 30’s with strawberry blonde hair in a “buzz cut” style. He was last seen wearing light blue jeans and a black shirt with a purple circle on the front.

Bolder Suspect

May 25, 2011 – Bolder, Colo.  Three boys told police that a man asked them if they wanted to drive to Denver for a cheeseburger.  He tried to grabbed one of them by the arm after they got off the school bus, but the boy was able to free himself and the boys ran away.The man was wearing a yellow and blue and gray striped shirt, black pants and black athletic shoes. He may be driving a green Jeep with a black top.

June 8, 2010 –  Colorado Springs man exposed himself to a 7-year-old girl in southwest Colorado Springs. The incident happened at 9:48 a.m. Tuesday on the 900 block of Mt. Werner Circle, according to Colorado Springs police. The man also inappropriately touched the girl. The man was last seen driving a silver Volvo sedan with the word “south” printed on the license plate or license plate holder.

July 2010 – Westminster, Colo.  ADULT – (This is the other Ketner Lake attack) A woman who was  jogging, was attacked in a similar manner as the woman in May, 2012 at Ketner Lake. Someone tried to put a cloth over her face and it had some kind of chemical on it. Both woman fought back and got away. Described as a light skinned male, between 18-30 years-old (age hard to determine because of ball cap), between 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall, brown hair and medium build. He was wearing a blue cap, a black T-shirt, jeans and small rimmed sunglasses.

February 17, 2010 – A middle school student reported to police that on Tuesday just before 3 p.m. he was walking home from school near 8600 Scarborough Drive when a SUV pulled up beside him. The man sitting in the front passenger seat asked him if he wanted a ride home and offered him candy. The boy refused the ride. The SUV was described as there with a small dent in the right quarter panel and unknown Colorado license plates.The vehicle left after the boy refused a second request. The student described the passenger of the vehicle as a black male in his early twenties, with short black hair.

Mistaken attempted child abduction October 13, 2012 – Golden Colo. – The attempted abduction in Golden, Colo. turned out to be a mistake.  An 18-year-old man went to police Saturday night, and told them he approached he 13-year-old boy to get information about an ex-girlfriend who lived down the street.  The vehicle description a blue sedan was similar to one given in two earlier attempted abductions in September in Arvada, but the man was cleared by police and is not not the suspect. (Please note I added this report so that everyone knows this one has been cleared)

Older cases:
March 23, 2009 –  Colorado Springs, Colo.  A 7-year-old girl who was walking her dog Sunday evening around 6 p.m. in 4500 block of Melville Drive when approached by a man driving an older-model red car that stopped near her. The police report said the man tried to lure the girl into his car several times, but the child ignored the man and ran to a relative’s home. The man allegedly followed the girl for a short time as she ran away, then he drove off. The man was described as a white male with gray hair, approximately 45 to 60 years of age, wearing a white shirt and blue pants. The man may have had earrings in the upper portions of both of his ears. The vehicle was described as being an older-model red car, possibly having four doors.

May 19, 2005 –  Westminster police are looking for a man suspected of trying to entice elementary school students into his car with a poodle. The attempted child abductions occurred Wednesday morning involving students of Zerger Elementary School, located at 9050 N. Field Street, reports  News. The man tried twice to get children into his car where the students were waiting for school buses.  Brentwood Way and Independence Drive, and the other was 96th Avenue at Everett Court.  The man was in a white vehicle and asked if they wanted to pet his dog or get in the car. The children ran away. The man police are looking for is described as Hispanic, in his late 30s or early 40s. He has black curly/puffy hair, with possibly dark sideburns. He was wearing a white tank top with sunglasses hanging around his neck and was holding a medium-sized poodle. He was driving an older-model white or light blue four-door car, possibly a Buick, with rust on the hood and on some parts of the vehicle. The car had peeling paint and black pin-striping on the side and had a older-style Colorado license plate with the green and white mountain background, police said.

February 8, 2004 – Lakewood, Colo. police are investigating a possible attempted child abduction that occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Friday in the 800 block of South Union Boulevard. A 10-year-old girl was walking to Green Mountain Elementary School when a man stopped his car, stood outside of it and demanded that the girl get in.  They believe the same man who grabbed a girl in Denver and performed a sex act on Thursday may be responsible for the Lakewood, attack.

April 2, 2003 –  Golden, Colo. – At the entrance to Canyon Points Circle in Golden, Colo. a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, drove up to the girl in a dark blue, newer, four-door sedan. The second-grader at Mitchell Elementary School said that the man told her to get in the car but she dropped her bike and ran to tell her mother. The man was wearing a Colorado Rockies stocking cap and spoke in a high-pitched voice, police said.

September 26, 2002 – Denver, Colo. Police are looking for a man they say tried to kidnap an 8-year-old girl at knife-point from in front of a west Denver school last week. It is one of a half-dozen attempted abduction or child-enticement cases Denver detectives are investigating, and authorities fear they may represent the start of a resurgence in the crime now that kids are back in school.

January 11, 2001 –  Daryl Ray McClure, 45, was arrested after trying to abduct a 3-year-old boy from Jefferson County’s Clement Park.  The grandmother was putting the boy in the car, when a white pickup truck driven by McClure rammed them and demanded the boy.  The grandmother grabbed the child and ran.  McClure ran after them and a citizen, who saw what was happening drove up to the grandmother and told her to get in and called the police.  On the front seat of McClure’s truck, deputies found a plastic bag containing candy canes, a child’s butterfly barrettes, play lipstick, a black comb and a brown cross, according to the affidavit.  (McClure is not listed as a sexual offender and I can’t find anything that says he ever was.)
As I was doing my research, I found Adam-Walsh’s Top 100 Most Wanted Sex Offenders in Colorado.   I highly suggest if you are in Colorado to take time and click on the link and look at the photos.  It will download the PDF file onto your computer when you click on it.  Out of that list there are 7 that have been arrested or are in jail. 

There is also Colorado’s Convicted Sex Offender list .  The list is by counties and serves as a great resource.  Although you may find someone living near you, it is better to know who and where they are and to be able to keep an eye on them than to not know who or where they are.   

So, how many sexually violent predators* (SVP) are registered in Colorado?   Nearly 200 wo/men are permanently branded as sexually violent predators in Colorado because of convictions for sexual activity involving children, reports the Denver Post. But, with them failing to report their location or moving around the country there is no real way to know the exact number. 

A *sexually violent predator (SVP) a person who engages in sexual acts with a minor, tends to be a stranger to the victim and is at the highest risk to re-offend, among other factors. 

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