Pueblo Kidnapping Suspect Held On $250K Bond


The suspect in the kidnapping of a 9-year-old girl was found Friday afternoon, just a few hours after the girl escaped.

Jose Garcia, 29, was arrested just after 1 p.m. Friday near the city bus station in downtown Colorado Springs. Police say he was arrested without incident.

"We spotted him...came and contacted him...he was identified as the person we were looking for," authorities said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Garcia faces a number of charges, including second-degree kidnapping. He is being held at the Pueblo County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Garcia's ex-girlfriend says police were already searching for Garcia prior to Calysta Cordova's disappearance. Garcia allegedly picked up his ex's daughter the day before Calysta's disappearance, and sexually assaulted her. The district attorney will likely file charges related to this case Monday.

Calysta went missing at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, when she was last seen at Columbian Elementary in Pueblo.

11 News has learned Calysta may have known her kidnapper; Garcia reportedly is a former neighbor.

Police say that the vehicle Calysta and her kidnapper, now believed to be Garcia, were riding in got a flat tire Friday morning. A man, thinking he was being a Good Samaritan, gave the pair a ride to the Circle K.

Officers confirmed that a gray truck found on Woodmen and Fawn Meadow, tires shredded, was the suspect's vehicle.

A witness inside the Circle K tells 11 News that the suspect and Calysta--badly beaten and looking scared--went inside a Circle K on Woodmen and Commerce Center. Calysta told the clerk she wanted to call her uncle--and instead called 911.

Calysta then started yelling "I'm not going anywhere with you, I'm waiting on my mama." The suspect, realizing what was going on, bolted.

Authorities spent the next few hours searching for Garcia. Four nearby schools were placed on secure building status during the manhunt. One school, Woodmen Roberts Elementary, was just a couple of blocks away from where the suspect's truck broke down.

Though witnesses at the Circle K say Calysta had two black eyes, a cut lip, and a bruised cheek, authorities say she was able to return home from the hospital Friday night.

Calysta's relieved parents expressed their gratitude at the outpouring of support while their daughter was missing.

"It's a feeling you don't even know. Thank you Pueblo...thank you everybody for all your support. My baby is coming home," stepfather Steven Ryno said.

A spokesman with the FBI praised Calysta for her quick thinking.

"Calysta...is a hero...did a tremendous job saving her own life."

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  • by H. on Jan 22, 2012 at 02:16 PM
    This piece of garbage doesn't deserve bond! Some justice system!! New motto: Colorado Coddles Criminals."
  • by calo on Jan 22, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    No bond would have been more appropriate.
  • by KieranJ Location: New york on Jan 22, 2012 at 05:35 AM
    You folks in Colorado need to get the liberals out of Denver and out of government before these criminals destroy your beautiful state. I was going to retire to the Springs until I saw number of home invasions...signs of gang activity. Don't wait like NY, because it's too late for NY!
  • by chris Location: S. Springs on Jan 21, 2012 at 07:19 PM
    For people blaming the mother..maybe we should blame our degenerate society that is producing freaks of nature. Whatever else happened, the little girl saved herself. Thank God. obviously the mother taught her daughter what to do in an emergency. We need to start asking ourselves WHY it is that our children are not safe to walk home from school instead of blaming hard working parents and innocent children. It's time we take our streets back. It's time for good people to stand for our communities.
  • by B Location: D on Jan 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
    Why do you change the headline, twice, and not update the story? SO annoying!
  • by Daniel Location: GJ on Jan 21, 2012 at 03:37 PM
    Any coincidence that this suspect and the others held in the murder of another man in the area are Mexican/Latino? Is anyone keeping tabs on the Mexican to other ratio of crimes committed in the US/Colorado?
  • by Observer on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM
    It's absolutely absurd that a child is not safe to walk home from school or play in their yard. Children are no longer safe to roam the neighborhood and enjoy their youth because of people like Garcia. Put the blame where it belongs with the offenders not the parents.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    We do walk pools in our Neighborhood, every child gets walked to their home along the way. It works and they are safe.
  • by M Location: CS on Jan 21, 2012 at 07:17 AM
    He is a FILTHY PIG.....Just shoot the S.O.B. Need to get the " Jose Garcis's" off the streets and keep our children safe...way to many of them out there...Registered sex offenders, should all be SHOT...or taken to an island and they can do to eachother what they did to our children...Nasty PIGS
  • by WTU on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    I'm shaking and crying wanting to kill this dude so bad. Thinking about breaking the law on a minor offense just so I can see him. Dies anyone know if he is segregated?
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