Search for Kidnapping Suspect Continues in Colorado Springs

By: KThornburgh Email
By: KThornburgh Email

Police are continuing to search for a possible kidnapping suspect after they received reports from a woman who was allegedly abducted in Taos, New Mexico and escaped her kidnapper in Colorado Springs.

Authorities say the man is considered armed and dangerous suspect.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says they have exhausted the search area in Gleneagle. They had a couple leads that turned up nothing. Lt. Sevene says they have removed all K9 units and some resources but the search remains active.

The 27-year-old Valerie Esquibel tells authorities when she went to her car at 2:30 p.m. Thursday a man was sitting in the back seat. He forced her to drive north on I-25, where they eventually ended up in Colorado Springs.

Around 7:45 p.m. Thursday night the woman's car broke down along I-25 near the Gleneagle exit. Esquibel took off on foot. The suspect chased after her, but tripped and fell and she was able to get away. She ran to the Mining Museum and found help.

Police believe this man may also be involved in a possible home invasion in the 12000 block of Woodmont Drive Thursday night. Police say they received a report of a burglary at 7:50 a.m. The arriving officers found the victim inside her home. She had been assaulted by the suspect and needed medical attention.

Police say the suspect entered the house through an unlocked door. He then assaulted the victim and demanded money and jewelry and then fled on foot.

"It made us nervous. We went downstairs and looked at windows. Double check everything out," said a neighbor.

Authorities also searched an area near the Gleneagle Golf Course after receiving al report of a sighting.

"We had reports from citizens. Several sightings matching the description," said Sgt. Scott Schwall with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Police are searching for an Native American man. He's described as 6ft. tall, black spiky hair. He was last seen wearing brown camouflage pants, a short-sleeved black shirt over a long-sleeved white shirt. He is armed and dangerous, possibly carrying a black revolver.

Residents in the area are warned to stay on alert. Be aware of anyone suspicious in your neighborhood, and don't answer your door to a stranger.

If you see anything out of the ordinary call authorities immediately.

CLICK HERE to view release information from schools that are on lockdown due to the search.

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  • by ak Location: cs on Sep 15, 2008 at 11:07 AM
    To Joanna they did not rule him out in the home invasion. In fact they are pretty sure it is the same man.
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 12, 2008 at 02:37 PM
    When a man tried to pull me (A 23 year old women) out of my car at the intersection of Academy and Union a few years ago the CSPD did nothing about it. Sadly I have very little hope in them to do much about this. Just be cautious on your own account.
  • by Christian Location: Denver on Sep 12, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    From Taos to I 25 North and he's Native? I bet he was on his way to another reservation in Montana or Dakota. I bet he's already on his way, or he's trying to find a way to keep heading north.
  • by Anonymous Location: colorado springs on Sep 12, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    Well if its up to the CSPD there is a better chance at them giving him a speeding ticket rather than arresting him for kidnapping
  • by k&m Location: gleneagle on Sep 12, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    from a concerned parent and friend....if law enforcement knew about this early last night, why were kids allowed to go to school!!! having children in these schools! duh, d20 officials!!
  • by Sarah Location: C/S on Sep 12, 2008 at 11:11 AM
    This is scarey!! I hope they find this guy. Chances are though he may be long gone now. This happened last night, I am sure he is somewhere else. Either way I REALLY hope they find this Monster!
  • by Joanna Location: Monument, CO on Sep 12, 2008 at 10:59 AM
    Police have since ruled out the suspect in the home invasion.
  • by Birdie (and friend) Location: TCA North on Sep 12, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    Well this is fun. =D *sigh* Sucks for seniors. They don't get lunch. Seriously. UGH. As long as we have food. we are happy people. Not anymore we're not. Of course, we don't have food, so maybe that explains it. They should order wide. But oh, the killer could be the pizza man!!!!! Or he could not be, but are you really willing to risk the life of an innocent pizza delivery man? He could be shot! Pizzas go flying... Not good. He could use the pizza to block the bullets. Bullet flavored pizza. Yum yum.
  • by Ben Location: TCA on Sep 12, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    This sucks. I hate lockdowns.
  • by Linda Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 12, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    KKTV, I'm a little disappointed that you have not posted the latest information on this story. There are schools on lockdown due to a home invasion that may be linked to this suspect. The other two media's websites are already reporting this information. Please help keep us all informed! I live in the Gleneagle neighborhood and have children in these schools!
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