LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Longmont would like the public’s help finding a man who reportedly pulled a gun on a woman and demanded she give him her child.
Police say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday at 15th Avenue and Emery Street. Officers responded to a report of a man with a gun chasing a woman and her child. Police say the woman told them the man told her to hand the child over but walked off when a pickup stopped at the intersection.
“She saw a lot of evil in his eyes, that he wanted to hurt them, that was his intention,” said the girl’s mother through a translator. She didn’t want to be identified. “Her daughter feels terrified and she’s scared, scared and sad.”
The woman told police her 12-year-old daughter first noticed a man following them and then realized he was holding a gun. He began to walk faster until he caught up to the pair.
“He pointed a gun at her forehead with his left hand and with the girl’s right hand started pulling on the little girl’s shirt,” said the girl’s mother. “All he said was, ‘I want your girl.'”
The woman said she prayed for help and soon a grey truck drove past them. That’s when the man turned to walk away.
“She’s very thankful to God that they’re still alive and that you sometimes don’t realize that in a split second your life can be taken away,” said the woman.
Police released a sketch of the gunman. He’s described as a white man in his 20s about 5-foot-10. He was wearing a red hat, black shirt and khaki shorts.
A reverse 911 call was sent out to people in the area to help find the man.
Police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood but never found the man. Police would also like to speak to the driver of the gray pickup truck as a possible witness to the crime.
The woman said she had never seen the man before.
“This is a stranger interaction so we believe this to be a public safety concern,” Longmont Police Sgt. Eric Lewis.
Additional Information From Longmont Police
Anyone with information on this crime, or any other crime, is asked to call the Longmont Police Department at 303-651-8501 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers provides a way for members of the community, like you, to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers knows “someone other than the criminal has information that can help solve a crime”. Crime Stoppers offers ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes AND pays rewards when the information supplied leads to an arrest. People providing information to Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges for this crime may receive up to $2,000.00 reward and remain anonymous. Tips can also be provided to the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers via the internet at http://www.nococrimestoppers.com or by Text to: 244637 (crimes) Keyword: NOCO (followed by your tip).