NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: An 8-year-old girl’s screams may have saved her life when a predator snatched her from her Colorado bedroom and dragged her into an alley early Monday, authorities said. “We do know that the (window) screen was cut open and that he reached inside and pulled her out,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a news conference later that day. After hearing the cry, the child’s unidentified father ran outside just in time to see what looked like a silver or gray BMW sedan jet off and his frightened daughter running toward him, police said.
The outcome might have been different were it not for the struggle and noise and commotion that she put up, which drew her father immediately to the scene and was probably a factor in her escape,” Oates said.The girl sustained minor injuries and was immediately treated at a nearby hospital.Authorities say they seized all possible forensic evidence from the crime scene. They also canvassed the area and cross-checked the incident with convicted sex offenders in the state.
But police have not yet identified a suspect and are seeking the public’s help in tracking down the would-be kidnapper. He was described as a white man with blond hair, a black winter jacket and an overall odor of cigarette smoke. The child witness was unable to estimate an age range.Authorities initially offered up to $10,000 for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the predator. That was already the largest reward the department has ever offered in its history, Oates said, but on Tuesday, the department doubled that to $20,000, thanks to a donation from Shortline Auto Group of Aurora.
The incident occurred in the 1600 Block of Hanover Street in Aurora, a few blocks from the Denver border, but a predator like this has “no regard for jurisdiction or boundaries,” so Oates wants everyone in the Denver-metro area to know that this man is on the loose and to remain vigilant.After all, he said, nothing indicated that this family was a particular target. The leading theory is that the culprit could see that a little girl was alone in the room because her light was on.Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is asked to call Detective Christine Hurley at 303-739-6113 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.