Since we told you about the attempted kidnapping of an eight-year-old girl from her Aurora bedroom early yesterday morning (see our previous coverage below), local authorities have made the still-unknown perpetrator their highest priority. In addition to releasing a sketch of the suspect in conjunction with a press conference at which Aurora Police Department Chief Dan Oates announced, "There is a predator out there," a $10,000 reward is being offered in the case -- the highest ever for the APD. Photos, videos and details below. At about 12:15 a.m. on Monday, as we've reported, cops were dispatched to a home on the 1600 block of Hanover Street.
There, officers believe, a man removed a screen and opened an unlocked window of a bedroom occupied by an eight-year-old girl. He's then thought to have reached inside, grabbed the girl and pulled her into the alley behind the structure.
At that point, the girl screamed, alerting her father. He's said to have run out of the residence just as his daughter was sprinting back to the house -- and in the alley, he saw a man drive away in a newish silver or gray BMW sedan. He headed southbound down the alley, then west on East 16th Avenue.
The father got close enough not only to provide a solid description of the man, described as a white male with blond hair wearing a black winter jacket, but also to smell "a distinct odor of cigarette smoke" coming from him, the police note.
The girl's injuries was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Her dad subsequently sat down with Aurora police sketch artists, who came up with an illustration of the suspect that was shared in conjunction with the aforementioned press conference featuring Chief Oates.
During the address, featured here in its entirety, Oates revealed that in addition to the typical $2,000 reward being offered through Crime Stoppers, Aurora is kicking in an additional $8,000, bringing the total to an unprecedented $10,000. As reported by 9News, Oates added, "I'm giving out this information to alert the entire Denver metro area that this predator is on the loose. We all need to be as watchful and vigilant as we can. I've been in this business a long time and I've never seen anything like this."
If you have any information about this incident, you're encouraged to phone Detective Christine Hurley at 303-739-6113 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
Look below to see a larger version of the suspect sketch, an Aurora police bulletin featuring the photo of a car like the one the father saw, a video of the press conference and a 9News report.
Continue to read our previous coverage of the incident, including photos and a map of the area near the crime scene. Original post, 5:39 a.m. October 28: When we put our children to bed at night, we expect to find them in the same place the next morning, safe and sound.
But according to police, an Aurora father experienced something quite different, and especially terrifying, early this morning. While his daughter wasn't badly hurt, the blond, BMW-driving man who's believed to have entered through her bedroom window remains at large as of this writing.
The incident reportedly took place on the 1600 block of Hanover Street in Aurora, an area captured in the interactive graphic below. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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At about 12:15 a.m., the father told the Aurora Police Department, he was awakened by the screaming of his eight-year-old daughter. He rushed to her room, but she was no longer inside.
Instead, she is said to have been in the alley behind the house. Police believe the suspect exited through the bedroom window but left the girl behind when she cried out and her dad hurried to the sound of her voice.
Here's the description of the suspect tweeted by the APD:
Kidnapping suspect is a white male w/ blond hair wearing a Blk winter style jacket. Possible vehicle is a silver or grey newer model BMW
— Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) October 28, 2013
In addition, the APD says the man had the "distinct odor of cigarette smoke."
Fortunately, the girl's injuries are described as minor, although she was transported to a local hospital.
The Aurora Police Crimes Against Children's Unit and crime scene investigators have now taken over the investigation. Detectives hope to be able to speak with the victim later today with the goal of having a composite sketch of the man available soon.
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If you have any information about this incident, you're encouraged to phone Detective Christine Hurley at 303-739-6113 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered in the case.
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa October 2009: "Text this: Kidnapping foiled by stealthy thumb work."