Editor's note: Samantha Herrera has been located and Rodney Brown, her alleged abductor is currently in custody. For additional details, click to read "Samantha Herrera Safe, Rodney Brown Busted, Amber Alert Cancelled." Continue for our previous coverage.
At 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation put out an Amber Alert on behalf of the Sheridan Police Department for seventeen-year-old Samantha Herrera.
Rodney Brown, the suspect named in the alert, is considered armed and dangerous.
The Amber Alert is unusual given Herrera's age. The service is typically associated with younger children, as evidenced by such cases as the 2016 incident involving Nova and Luna Perez, who at the time were just four and three, respectively, when they were kidnapped by their father, Alex Perez. Both kids were found safe, and the elder Perez was taken into custody.
In contrast, no Amber Alert was issued in the case of eighteen-year-old Ashley Doolittle, who was abducted by her former boyfriend, Tanner Flores, in 2016. Flores was later convicted of killing Doolittle.
The distinctions between the Doolittle and Herrera matters are explained on Colorado's Amber Alert web page. Here's an excerpt:
• The abducted child must be 17 years of age or younger
• The abducted child must be in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death
• There must be enough descriptive information available to believe a broadcast will assist or aid in the recovery
• The activation must be requested by a local law enforcement agency or AMBER Designee from another state.
If these criteria are met, they will notify the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. We will then obtain information about the abductor, the child, mode of transportation, direction of travel and abduction details. The AMBER Designee will utilize a computerized system to facilitate the activation process. Alert information is forwarded to the primary Emergency Alert System (EAS) station to be broadcast via the EAS to Colorado media outlets.
Late on January 8, the CBI tweeted: "Sheridan PD requested an @AMBERAlert for 17y/o Samantha Herrera. Believed to be with Rodney Brown in a 2000 White Honda Accord, CO plate OMB236. Last seen in the area of Hampden Ave and Santa Fe. Brown is known to be violent and possess weapons @Police_spd."
The descriptions: Herrera is said to be five feet, six inches tall and is distinguished by brown eyes and long brown hair. Brown is five feet, eleven inches tall, with blue eyes and short brown hair.
This morning, at 7:42 a.m., the Sheridan Police Department released additional details about what led to the Amber Alert.
At 5:10 p.m. on the 8th, the SPD notes, officers responded to at PetSmart parking lot at 3720 River Point Parkway in regard to a report of two females screaming for someone to call 911.
Upon their arrival, officers located one person identified as a "victim/witness." She said that another juvenile female — Herrera — was trying to get out of her boyfriend's car amid a "physical struggle."
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The boyfriend in question was ID'd as Brown, who marked his nineteenth birthday on January 3. He's said to have physically prevented Herrera from getting out of his car and then drove away.
Officers subsequently discovered that Brown was named in a protection order that prohibited him from contacting Herrera. The two are thought to be in the northern metro area, and just past 9 a.m., Sheridan police revealed details about a "possible associated vehicle" — a blue 2017 Nissan Altima bearing Colorado license plate UOF-493. The Altima registers to a Northglenn address, but at this writing, officers with that city's police department have been unable to locate it.
An arrest warrant for Brown has been issued. SPD representatives encourage anyone with information regarding his whereabouts, or that of Herrera, to dial 911.
This post has been updated to include new information released by the Sheridan Police Department, including details about a possible associated vehicle.