2 kidnapping attempts reported in Pueblo County; suspect(s) at large
Authorities are searching for one or more suspects involved in two kidnapping attempts in the Pueblo area in the last week.
The first incident was reported after the school day ended on April 19 as a boy waited for his father to pick him up. He was standing on the curb outside Heaton Middle School when a man pulled up beside him and asked if he needed a ride. When the boy told him he was waiting for his father, the man claimed that was who had sent him to pick the child up. Police said the quick-thinking boy was able to get the man to leave by pointing at a vehicle and saying, "There's my dad right now."
The man was described as a white male with brown hair with scruffy facial hair, driving a silver or dirty white car.
The second incident happened Tuesday morning around 7:45 a.m. as a 15-year-old boy walked to school in the Vineland area. The teen said as he walked down the 24000 block of Gale Road, he noticed a silver car trailing behind him. The driver reportedly kept rolling down his window and calling out to the boy, asking if he wanted a ride because of the rain. The teen said the man then pulled over, got out of the car and tried to grab his arm. The would-be victim told deputies he kicked the suspect and was able to escape. He hid inside a drainage ditch until it was safe to go home.
The suspect in that case is described as a white male between 30 and 40 years old. He's believed to be about 6-foot-4 and heavyset. He had short, light brown hair, scruffy facial hair, and was wearing a gray jacket.
It's not clear if the incidents are related, but there are similarities between the suspect descriptions. The attempted kidnappings happened about 8 miles apart.
Anyone with information about one or both incidents should call the Pueblo Police Department at 719-553-2502 or the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office at 719-583-6250. Calls can also be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 719-542-STOP.