Teen Kidnapped, Jumps Out Of Car To Escape


A teenage girl was snatched away by someone she thought was trying to help her.

The 16-year-old was stranded when she got a flat tire at 13th and Elizabeth in Pueblo. One man stopped, changed her tire and left. Another man pulled over and told her he'd take her to a tire shop.

The teen says she got in the car, and the pair took off towards what she presumed was the tire shop--until the suspect drove past one without stopping. He turned to her after driving by the shop, and told her she had to show him something, then started tugging at her clothes.

When the suspect exited the Highway 50 Bypass, the teen got her chance to escape. She jumped out of the car, and was soon picked by the man who had originally helped her. He drove her to the police station.

The man told officers that after changing the teen’s tire, he went to get something to eat. When he returned to his office, he noticed the girl’s car still parked in the lot. He thought she must have locked her keys in the car and left on foot. The man told officers that he drove around and spotted the girl near I-25. He picked her up and after learning what happened, he immediately brought her to the Pueblo Police Department.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man with a bigger build. He had multiple tattoos along his entire right arm and a small tattoo on the right side of his face. He mentioned something about living in Rocky Ford.

If you know anything about this kidnapping, police want to hear from you. Call crime stoppers in Pueblo at 542-STOP

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:49 PM
    16 year olds are not allowed to have the cell phones while they drive, maybe her parents took hers from her while she is driving, Don't text and drive...
  • by wow on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
    16yr old stuck on the side of the road, weird guys pick her up.. and try to kidnap her... We need to keep these weirdos locked up, LOCK THEM UP.
  • by Tony on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    A concocted story.
  • by dee on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    thank god she is safe and ok, but it makes no sense to get into a car to go to a tire shop, when the tire had already been fixed?? someone explain if this isn't how i read it.
  • by Lucy Location: CO on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:34 AM
    She is 16, usually they have cellphones at that age. Duh! Why she got into a car with strangers after the tire was exchanged is beyond me. This story doesn't sound right. Maybe a drug deal gone bad?
  • by jazzcat on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    Very little about this story makes sense...
  • by Really? on Feb 23, 2012 at 06:35 AM
    What 16 year old does not know NOT to ever get in any car with a stranger? Does she not have parents she could have called for help? This whole story is a little odd.
  • by mink Location: ept on Feb 23, 2012 at 06:15 AM
    Ok what doesn't make any sense is the first guys already helped her and changed her tire. Soooooo why in the heck did she go into the vechile with another guy to the tire shop. Unless I read something wrong. If I didn't then the girl had to dumb for putting herself at risk
  • by Oxy M. on Feb 23, 2012 at 05:37 AM
    A teen without a cell phone? I thought they were extinct.
  • by Oblivious Location: Colorado Pasture on Feb 23, 2012 at 04:48 AM
    Sounds like the first guy called his friend to get the girl. Friend lost girl and called original guy for help.
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