Text this: Kidnapping foiled by stealthy thumb work

Face the facts: Texting in cars can be a pain in the ass when it's done by drivers who pay more attention to remembering how many times to press the "3" button to get the letter "e" than they do to staying in their lane. But in the case of nineteen-year-old Boulderite, the only pain his vehicular texting caused was to the quintet of numb nuts now facing felony kidnapping and menacing charges.

According to the Boulder Police Department, said teen was forced into his own car by a man whose compatriots followed in a second set of wheels during a rambling tour of the area. Little did they know the victim was able to surreptitiously text his father to say he'd been abducted, leading directly to the five snatchers being busted in a grocery-store parking lot. They probably should have been thinking less about their munchies lust and paid more attention to what their victim was doing with his cell phone. Thank you, thumbs!

Here's the BPD account, complete with names of the busted:

Police investigate kidnapping of 19-year-old male

On Tuesday, October 13, at approximately 9:50 p.m., police responded to a possible kidnapping in the area of 28th Street and Kalmia Avenue. Investigators determined the victim, a 19-year-old male, was forced into the passenger side of his own car in front of a business in the 2700 block of Iris Avenue. One male suspect drove the victim's car while several other suspects followed in a black Audi. They proceeded to drive around Boulder and eventually to an area south of Boulder on Highway 93.

At some point, the victim was able to text his father to notify him he had been abducted. Eventually, all persons were located in the Safeway parking lot near the intersection of 28th Street and Iris Avenue. The victim was unharmed. Five male suspects were arrested on charges of First Degree Kidnapping and Felony Menacing. They are:

Hans Beelner, DOB 12/03/1990 of Lyons

Harold Buchholz, DOB 11/12/1989, residence unknown

Padraic Kirsch, 03/22/1991 of Boulder

Dustin Roe, DOB 11/26/1985 of Boulder

Trevor Roe, DOB 05/17/1990 of Boulder

Detectives are actively investigating the circumstances of the kidnapping and the relationship, if any, between the victim and suspects.

At this time, until further information is available, the Police Department will not be able provide any additional information.

The investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Kurt Foster at 303-441-4329. Those with information who wish to remain anonymous should contact Boulder County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers Web site at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Boulder County Crime Stoppers.

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