Suspect arrested in attempted kidnapping of Aurora girl, 11

Posted at 6:52 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-13 11:31:25-04

AURORA, Colo. — Police in Aurora have arrested a suspect they believe attempted to kidnap a young girl in southwest Aurora Thursday evening.

Police arrested the suspect, described as a man in his 30s, at approximately 3:49 p.m. Friday. Police said the suspect is a stranger to the victim. 

Authorities are not releasing the suspect’s name or booking photo at this time. They say doing so would compromise the ongoing investigation. 

The 11-year-old girl was walking from her school bus stop in the area of eastbound Exposition Avenue and South Nome Street at around 5:15 p.m. Thursday, when a man walking toward her grabbed her and put his hands over her mouth, according to Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz.

Metz said the girl fought back by screaming and biting the suspect’s right ring finger, causing the suspect to let go. 

"This extraordinary young lady did what she needed to do to get away," said Metz, adding her actions are exactly what should be done when confronted with these types of situations. 

“That’s the tip I would give to anybody,” Metz said. “If you face a situation like this, adult or a child, the best thing you can do is fight and fight hard. Scream and scream loud.”

Metz said earlier in the day that they had a person of interest in custody and detectives were questioning the person. It's not clear, however, if the suspect and the person police were questioning earlier Friday are the same. 

The suspect is facing charges of second-degree unlawful sexual contact-criminal attempt and second-degree kidnapping-criminal attempt.