GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A Jefferson County deputy who was a key player in Thursday’s arrest of a Cherry Creek Mall kidnapping suspect credits the victim in the case with providing helpful information to police.
The arrest took place in the morning shortly after Deputy James Holley spotted a crashed car along Highway 285. Holley ran the numbers on the temporary plates through the law enforcement database and nothing came back.
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Then he ran the vehicle identification number through his system.
“When I ran the VIN and it came back as a steal, in a carjacking … it makes you sit up in your seat,” said Holley.
Holley told CBS4 his first thought was “Is this guy in the area watching us?”
On foot, he and a partner then started searching cars passing by on the highway.
“I looked over and observed a male sitting in the front passenger’s seat who fit the suspect on the bolo ‘be-on-the-lookout’: a black male in dark clothing, 6 foot, bald, wearing dark clothing.”
Police say William Lornes, the suspect, was inside a taxi and driving past the crash scene.
The taxi was later pulled over at C-470 and Alameda and Lornes was arrested.
“It’s a great feeling, one that you are like ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is what we have here,'” he said.
Holley called the arrest a “team effort” that began with the victim.
“Her quick thinking and her ability to get a description of the suspect led us to a safe ending.”
Thursday started out as a typical day on the job for Holley, but it didn’t end that way.
“It makes you want to get up in the morning and put on the uniform. It’s a great feeling.”
In addition to the kidnapping charges Lornes faces in relation to the Cherry Creek Mall incident he will also face charges of leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving and aggravated motor vehicle theft. He is being held at the Jefferson County Jail.
Lornes has a criminal history here in Colorado that includes arrests for robbery, drugs and car theft.