Police are desperately searching for a man who snatched a young girl from her Colorado home early Monday morning. According to The Denver Post on Oct. 28, the suspect cut off the screen of an unlocked window in the girl’s bedroom in Aurora around midnight, grabbed her, and ran down the alley with the frightened child in tow.
Thankfully, the 8-year-old girl got away after she screamed for help and put up a brave struggle. Her father heard the child’s screams and went outside to find his daughter running towards him. He then saw a silver car, possible a BMW, speeding away at the end of the alley.
Police have put up a $10,000 reward for information that will lead them to the kidnapper's arrest. A sketch has been released showing a white man with short blond hair wearing a black winter coat. The victim also told police that he smelled of cigarette smoke.
"We are treating this matter extremely seriously. We think there's a predator out there, and he has to be stopped and he has to be caught," police chief Dan Oates said on Monday.
It is not believed that this family was targeted but looked to be a random act. The young girl’s grandmother said that her granddaughter was in her bedroom with the light on doing some homework when the man came in through her window to abduct her. He covered her mouth, told her that he knew their family, and then attempted to drag her down the alley towards his car. The outcome might have been different if this brave little girl hadn't thought to fight her way free. She is said to be okay, suffering only minor injuries, but understandably shaken up.
Putting up a struggle most likely saved her life. Also, the fact that she was not asleep just yet and was awake enough to know what was happening probably helped in this scary incident.
Neighbors are on edge knowing that the predator is still at large. Aurora police are on the hunt trying to track this person down. They are looking for any surveillance cameras in the area and interviewing anyone that might lead them to this man. They are also searching for any registered sex offenders that might have been living in the area.
If anyone has any information on this case, the Aurora police are asking that you contact Detective Christine Hurley at (303) 739-6113.