LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – The search for the suspect in an attempted kidnapping is intensifying in Longmont, and police hope a sketch will generate new leads.
Police on Wednesday released the sketch of the man they say jumped out of his truck and tried to grab a 13-year-old girl and take off with her. The incident happened during the day on Tuesday as the teen was riding her skateboard along 17th Avenue near Harvard Street.
The girl told police she kicked the man hard when he grabbed her and the man then let go of her.
Resident Bob Smith told CBS4 he’s stunned by the news of the attempted abduction. The incident was reported right outside his home.
“There’s nonstop people walking, jogging, riding bikes. You’ve got to have a real big screw loose (to do that),” Smith said.
Detective Sgt. Joel Post said the man “approached her and tried to grab her arm and told her to come with him.”
“And she told him ‘No, I’m not going with you.’ She kicked him and he got back in the truck and the truck then drove away,” Post said.
After that the teen ran home.
Smith said his 6-year-old twin daughters were playing outside right before the incident. He said he sees the teen and her friends on a daily basis.
“When it happens right in front of your house, when you have kids — it makes you mad,” he said. “When it comes to crimes against children there should be no tolerance whatsoever.”
Police believe the suspect may be driving an older red Ford F-150 with an extended cab that was covered in a dark-colored tarp. The man was described as being an Hispanic male who is about 6 feet tall and between 20 and 30 years old. He was wearing a black cap and a black T-shirt.
Post said catching the suspect is a high priority for his department.
He also said the case does not appear to be related to an attempted abduction in May.