Aurora police praised an 8-year-old girl for her courage and composure after she was abducted from her bedroom last week.
"She's a brave young lady...kept her wits about her," an officer said at a news conference Saturday following the arrest of the kidnapping suspect.
Narrowing down a person of interest, police said, was greatly helped by the girl's description.
"It was very good description," the officer said. Police showed suspect John Stanley Snorsky's mugshot at the news conference, and noted how closely it resembled the artist sketch.
An arrest warrant for Snorsky, 26, was signed Friday, just five days after the kidnapping attempt.
The Aurora Police Department also credited the more than 200 tips from the public in narrowing their search to Snorsky.
The 8-year-old victim was in her bedroom early Monday morning when the suspect allegedly climbed through her unlocked window and took her. The girl screamed, waking up her father, who ran outside to find his daughter sprinting back towards him from a nearby alley. She had managed to get away from her kidnapper.
"This is a reminder...how important it is to make a lot of noise in these types of situations," police said Saturday.
"She's very bright...very, very brave."
Aurora police put out at $20,000 reward for the suspect's capture--the largest reward the police department had ever offered.
Snorsky was actually in custody for most of the search; he was reportedly arrested Tuesday morning for an unrelated violation, and had remained in jail the rest of the week. Police say they determined Friday that there was probable cause to charge him in the kidnapping.
Aurora police released this statement late Friday night:
The Aurora Police Department has made an arrest in Monday’s kidnapping. John Stanley Snorsky, 26, of Aurora has been charged with first and second degree burglary and second degree kidnapping. He is being held on $500,000 bond.
Snorsky was arrested on Tuesday morning in Aurora with the assistance of the Colorado Department of Corrections Division of Adult Parole for an investigative parole hold on an unrelated case. He has remained in jail since his initial arrest. The Aurora Police Department arrived at probable cause to charge him with the kidnapping today. An Adams County arrest warrant for the kidnapping was signed this evening.
We are extremely grateful to the community for the over 200 tips that came in during the week. We are also grateful to the Division of Adult Parole and to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in this investigation.
Police Chief Daniel Oates will be holding a press conference on Saturday November 2, at 12:00 p.m. This will take place outside on the west side of the Aurora City Hall building located at 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.
The Aurora Police Department will offer no other comment besides the press conference. This case will now be turned over to the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.
Police say they are now speaking federal agents to determine if Snorsky, a sub shop employee in Aurora and a "self-proclaimed artist," had ever traveled outside the Denver metro area.