COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV/The Gazette) - A Salida man was ordered to serve four years in prison Wednesday after his attempt to lure children into a car in Colorado Springs was foiled by a babysitter armed with a crowbar.
Michael John Garbacz, 47, agreed to serve his sentence under a guilty plea to second-degree kidnapping. Prosecutors dismissed indecent exposure and child enticement charges in exchange. The penalty was imposed by 4th Judicial District Chief Judge William Bain.
The attempted luring happened July 28, 2017, at an RV park near downtown Colorado Springs. According to arrest papers obtained by 11 News, Garbacz pulled up to the children at an RV park near downtown Colorado Springs. The three children were in front of their home when the incident happened. The kids ran to their front door and told their babysitter a man opened his car door and exposed himself and told them to get in the vehicle.
The babysitter ran outside and threw a crowbar at Garbacz's fleeing car.
“I learned I have a frigging awesome babysitter,” the girl’s father told our news partners The Gazette after the sentencing Wednesday.
A Springs police officer, who did not know about the incident at that time, reportedly saw a vehicle speeding nearby and took down the license plate. The vehicle was registered to Garbacz.
Garbacz has at least three prior felonies, prosecutor Brien Cecil said at his sentencing hearing. The 2017 incident came months after he was released from a Florida prison after a serving a four-year sentence for aggravated battery and assault.
The defendant was granted credit for time served for 461 days he spent in custody after his arrest.