Teen Held Hostage In Home; Suspect Identified

Credit: El Paso County Sheriff's Office

A 23-year-old man is in jail, accused of holding a teenager hostage and making a false report of a shooting.

It all started with a call to 911 from a man who claimed that four people had been shot inside a home.

As dispatchers kept talking to him, they figured out that the caller wasn't in his own home--he was in a stranger's house and he was the suspect.

But when El Paso County deputies got to the scene on Cardinal Street in Security-Widefield, they realized there was no shooting after all. Investigators said it turned out the resident was inside at the time and the suspect was not allowing him to leave. The Sheriff's Office says the resident was only 13 years old.

The call was so concerning, nearly 30 sheriff's deputies, EPSO SWAT team members, and Colorado Springs police officers responded. We're told the suspect eventually came out of the home and was arrested.

We talked to one neighbor, who said it was pretty unsettling to see all this activity on his street.

"It was pretty crazy. I looked outside and saw all them cop cars out here with some SWAT gear on and I didn't know what was going on," Bobby Meadows said.

EPSO spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer said the 23-year-old suspect forced his way into the home. Investigators said the victim had never seen the suspect before.

"It was strange from start to finish,” Kramer said. “As we move forward and certainly as this thing unfolds, we first of all are thankful in learning that there was no shooting, but when we learned what actually occurred, obviously causes you to scratch your head."

The suspect has been identified as Aaron Olson. Olson is facing several charges for the incident: first-degree burglary, menacing, false imprisonment, child abuse and criminal mischief. He was also wanted on an unrelated warrant out of Manitou Springs.

The teen's mother says the boy was unharmed.