Local law authorities are still searching for information regarding an alleged kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl that occurred last week on highly populated Woodland Park residential street.
As of press time Monday, no suspects had been named in relation to the first known youth kidnapping attempt in recent months, especially during daylight hours. Officials from the Woodland Park Police Department have reported receiving many calls regarding the alleged abduction and are now pursuing leads. “We are following up on a number of calls we received.
We urge anyone who noticed anything about this incident or who may have some information to give us a call,” said Detective Sergeant Tom Kinney. The reported incident was reported on Sept. 13 around 2:10 p.m. along W. Kelleys Road, not too far from several Woodland Park school facilities. According to Woodland Park police officials, a man driving an SUV stopped alongside the youth, who walking on the sidewalk. According to police, the teen was walking from her home nearby to the Columbine Elementary School to pick up her sibling. The suspect then reportedly opened the passenger door and motioned for the girl to get into the vehicle.
Officials say the girl did not know the person in the vehicle. The teen escaped possible harm by grabbing her cell phone, which apparently caused the suspect to drive away from the scene at a high rate of speed. Police say the vehicle was last seen driving north bound on Chippewa Trail. The suspect is described as a younger age male. No other description was available, according to police officials. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a Toyota 4-Runner, black in color, 4-door with dark tinted windows and Colorado license plates that were either dirty or covered. Anyone who might have witnessed this incident, or who knows information about the incident or suspect is advised to contact either Detective Sergeant Tom Kinney or Detective Jennifer McCormack at the Woodland Park Police Department at 687-9262.
Police officials say they have increased patrol efforts in this part of town. The incident has raised the ire of many local parents and residents, as the reported attempted kidnapping site is considered a prime area for kids traveling to and from Woodland Park school facilities or their homes. “It is a very busy street,” admitted Kinney, who described the attempted kidnapping incident as unusual for Woodland Park. According to Kinney, many citizens also assisted the police late last week by forming mini-neighborhood watch groups. Many parents were reportedly out in force on Friday, manning this section of town, to help assure the safety of local school kids.