New Charges Filed Against Kidnapping Suspect

New charges were filed against the suspect accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two girls from Pueblo. One of those kidnappings sparked a statewide Amber Alert.

Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

A man accused of kidnapping two Pueblo girls is facing new charges in one of those cases.

Jose Garcia, 29, is accused of the kidnapping that triggered a statewide Amber Alert. The four new charges pertain to that case. According to a complaint form, the charges are: second degree kidnapping, two counts of sexual assault on a child and child abuse.

The complaint form doesn’t go into detail on the reasoning behind the charges, but says he applied force in order to have sexual contact.

According to court documents, the victim told police she was punched in the face and had her hands bound.

Garcia was arrested on January 19, one day after allegedly kidnapping the 9-year-old girl. The victim managed to escape Garcia after his truck got a flat and a Good Samaritan brought the pair to a Springs Circle K; the 9-year-old saved herself by placing a call to 911. Police are calling the child a hero. Read the entire story here.

Garcia is also facing charges stemming from another alleged kidnapping and sexual assault. He is accused of picking up his ex-girlfriend's daughter from school and sexually assaulting her. In that case, he is charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust for crimes against his ex's daughter.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News, Garcia told both the school and his ex's child that he was signing her out to go to a dentist appointment. Instead, he took the child back to his home, where he touched her inappropriately.

The victim told officers that Garcia never said anything during the crime, but that he "seemed tired" and "was wobbly."

Garcia brought the victim back to school 30 minutes later. The victim goes to the same elementary school Columbian, that the 9-year-old kidnapped Thursday attends.

The new charge against Garcia appeared on the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office database Monday afternoon. While the other was kidnapping in the second degree, the new kidnapping charge is in the first degree.

Garcia is not eligible for bond because of a probation violation. He was on probation for a criminal mischief charge.

11 News is also asking Pueblo police some tough questions about the two cases.

Why did it take so many hours to link two kidnapping cases from the same school? One girl was taken and reportedly molested by Jose Garcia. Police knew who the suspect was in that case at that time. Just a few hours later, another girl, from the same school, was kidnapped on her way home, sparking a statewide Amber Alert.

"We're following along [with] 11 News and the conversations that are on the news, and we have the same questions with what happened with this Amber Alert,” family friend Rudy Valles said. “Why was it not guaranteed, especially when it is coming out that the neighbor was abused."

The nine-year-old was reported missing shortly after she didn't return home from school Thursday, but the alert didn't go out until early Friday morning.

"We have to have a sufficient amount of criteria to put it out,” Capt. Rich Goddard, with the Pueblo Police Department, said. “We were working towards that from the beginning."

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  • by Molly Location: colo springs on Feb 1, 2012 at 01:08 PM
    Hey community, from this postings I have been reading no wonder so many things are bad, what we have to do at a horrible time like this is stick together and find answers not blame, to those of you who are blaming the father have you stopped to think what he is already going thru, have you thought of a way you can help in the future maybe volunteering at a school, the fault lies with this man that took it upon himself to hurt this children two innocent 9 year olds that are now scared for life, just the few minutes it takes us to read this posts and to reply, we could be out there helping some parent, or helping at a cross walk so we could avoid this things from happening, my prayers go out to this families, and for those of you that have heard that once a child molester goes to prison they get what's coming to them, a lot of that is just stories my precious granddaughter was murdered by another one of this sick people in 2003 and the last time he came to court the only difference I saw in him is that he has gained weight, and covered both arms with tattoos that he didn't have so quit making out the inmates look like a bunch of lowlifes’ they are also doing their time to correct their mistakes. Moral of my story please with our lords help lets do something for our community. And above all lets pray that this precious little girls get counseling and try to go on with their lives My prayers to the families.
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      by Well on Feb 2, 2012 at 08:04 AM in reply to Molly
      Why should we volunteer to watch your kids?? How about you get off your couch and take care of your own kids? If the mother was home, why didn't she make sure her daughter got to/from school safely??
  • by Citizen on Jan 31, 2012 at 03:51 PM
    When you get in the Big House Jose you're going to get everything you deserve Scum
  • by Citizen on Jan 31, 2012 at 03:51 PM
    When you get in the Big House Jose you're going to get everything you deserve Scum
  • by K Location: C Springs on Jan 24, 2012 at 01:07 PM
    The fact that some people choose this forum to bash others is hideous. Can we focus on the issues here??? 1) To the girlfriend...update the School as to who is and definitely ISN'T allowed to pick up kids. Not tryin to be harsh or blame, but protect your kids. 2) Did ALL police departments not learn from Adam Walsh...and what John Walsh fights for??? Immediate Alerts, Every minute counts. This mother did the right thing and reported her ex...Why didn't 1 1=2 until after Calysta was found, and why the delay in the Amber Alert. Hope this scumbag rots, painfully for the rest of his life. God bless to all the victims.
  • by Trevor on Jan 24, 2012 at 08:16 AM
    @Antisec-publish your first and last name since you're such a big Why not you scared little maggot??? I hope someone teaches you a lesson one day. You think you're so funny. You are a loser and a half.
  • by Stacy on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:09 AM
    This man was an emergency contact for Girl #1. So, that means that HE IS ALLOWED TO PICK GIRL #1 UP. I know this because I am a school secretary - not in Pueblo, however. If you put someone on your child's emergency contact list, you are giving them permission to pick your child up, and it will state that on the form. The school did nothing wrong here. So many times, parents forget to update their emergency contact list, and it sounds like that is likely what happened in the case of Girl #1. Very unfortunate, yes. But not at all uncommon.
  • by Antisec on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
    Two black eyes I guess she should have made those sandwiches the first time
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      by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 at 07:51 AM in reply to Antisec
      I would love to find you and show you what for! You'd be lucky if all you got was two black eyes you patheic piece of $h!t
  • by Ray Montoya Location: Peyton on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    The guy should be put with general population, he needs to be handled and tried the convict way not the judicial way. If that was my daughter I would get sent to jail somehow and get revenge myself. Todays society and the way the social workers and government treat these guys is very ridiculous, they blame their childhood or society for the actions that they take we need to change everything and stop bloaming others and get rid of social workers and the liberal government and we would have a problem.
  • by Florida Girl on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:25 PM
    I say put him in with the rest of the inmates and see what happens. From what I hear about jail/prison is, even though these guys are criminal, they don't look too fondly on child abusers!
  • by Joy Location: Denver on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:25 PM
    I say cut his DICK off and let him loose in general public in prison so he can be dealt with like the PIG he is, castration should be the punishment for these animals then everybody will be able to identify the perverts!
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