Aurora's Jasmine Fike, the fifteen-year-old whose frantic 911 call about an abductor about to take her set off a nationwide Amber Alert last week, has been found -- and she didn't go far. Police discovered her, disguised but still recognizable, near a fast-food restaurant on East Colfax, an area that's long been a magnet for runaways looking to disappear into the city's underbelly.
As we reported earlier, Fike phoned 911 on August 19, telling the operator, "Someone just broke into my house and he's trying to take me! Please come! Hurry!" Hear the audio below.
By the time cops arrived, Fike was gone -- and based on information she'd shared with her mom, they immediately began looking for Franky Sessions, a convicted drug dealer who she said had been haunting the neighborhood in a green Chevy Tahoe before she vanished. But after officers tracked down Sessions, they became convinced that he hadn't taken anyone, let alone Fike -- and that she'd faked the entire abduction drama to cover her running away.
Since last Thursday, Aurora cops followed up leads about Fike, with one tip pointing them toward a motel on the 14200 block of East Colfax. Yesterday morning, APD Sergeant Joe Young was staked out there in an unmarked police car when he saw a young girl standing alone near a fast-food restaurant. She'd altered her appearance, reportedly cutting and bleaching her hair. But Young was confident enough he'd found Fike that he called in support. Officers cut off possible escape routes before Young approached Fike, whom he took into custody without further incident.
Fike is presently at a juvenile detention center, and she's likely staring down the barrel of criminal charges related to her fake kidnapping that could keep her there for quite some time.
Look below to check out an interactive graphic of the area near where Fike was found; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map." That's followed by our earlier coverage, including another photo of Fike before her fashion transformation.
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Original item, 12:31 p.m. August 19: "Someone just broke into my house and he's trying to take me!" fifteen-year-old Jasmine Fike told the 911 operator, her voice teetering on the edge of hysteria. "Please come! Hurry!"
The cops did, but they needn't have rushed -- since they now believe Fike faked the whole thing.
The Aurora Police Department officers flew into action upon receiving Fike's message -- but by the time they arrived at her home Wednesday morning, she was gone amid indications that a struggle had taken place. They also spoke to Fike's mother, who reportedly received a call from her daughter saying that one Franky Sessions, 37, a man with past drug convictions, had pulled up in a green Chevy Tahoe and had pounded on her door.
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Shortly thereafter, the APD issued an Amber Alert that went nationwide, as indicated by this poster from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. But Fike undermined her own scheme by being too specific about Sessions. The cops tracked him down and were soon convinced that he hadn't taken part in any abduction, attempted or otherwise. And now, they believe Fike staged the entire drama as a precursor to running away.
Yesterday, local TV and radio broadcasts were interrupted to withdraw the Amber Alert and share the theory that the whole thing had been a ruse. However, the APD continues to look for Fike, who's thought to be in real danger this time, as she's believed to be in the company of "known criminals."
Just not one named Franky Sessions. To listen to her 911 call, click here.
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