DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver are searching for the victim, suspects and a motive in a home invasion and kidnapping on Thursday night.
The victim in the case has been identified as Maurico Rogerio Perez, who has the nickname “Short Dog.” He’s 5-foot-5, and police say if you see him you are asked to call police immediately.
Police said according to witnesses who were inside the home at the time, Perez was taken by a group of men with guns.
Officers were called to that home in the 3600 block of Pecos Street just after 8 p.m. Thursday about an hour after Perez was taken.
“No idea where he was taken. We do understand from witnesses that he was taken by force,” said Denver Police Sgt. Betty Hale.
A neighbor told CBS4 that police questioned her about what had happened with the kidnapping. They asked her if she heard anything, she replied no.
Police gathered evidence in the alley behind the home. They hung crime scene tape near a neighboring property’s garage doors. Evidence markers were placed on the ground leading out of the alley to 36th Avenue.
Crime scene investigators also searched for evidence with a metal detector.
“I hope the police catch these guys,” said neighbor Jose Luevano. “In Mexico it happens like that every time.”
A surveillance camera is perched under the porch of the home from where Perez was taken. Who put it there is unknown.
Hale said the men fled in “a silver Blazer, possibly an S-10, and a white sedan.” There was also a woman in the home who was not harmed.
Anyone with information regarding this kidnapping and home invasion is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.