Posts tagged ‘Suspect’

Karly McKenna Elliott was last seen over three months ago in Corona

Karly McKenna Elliott (pictured) disappeared over three months ago in California

Some reports spell Karly’s last name incorrect. According to the missing woman’s Facebook profile, her last name is “Elliot”

As of Feb 02, 2013 there has been very little updates regarding this care. I check periodically and will post more information once it comes.

Karly Elliott, born August 7, 1982, is a 30-year-old woman who was last seen at her home one month ago in Corona, California in Riverside County.

Karly was supposed to meet a friend on October 25, 2012 but she never showed up.  According to those who know the missing woman, her family spoke to Karly on October 23rd at 7PM. The last time they seen her was later on that night at 11PM, sitting along in her car, a red PT Cruiser which was discovered several days later on October 28th, abandoned.  Attempts to contact her failed and by October 25th they noticed her phone was disconnected and contacted police to file a missing persons report.

According to Seeking_TheLost Facebook page, her vehicle was found with the license plates removed.

According to reports, on October 23, 2012 around 4PM Karly had visited her boyfriend. She was then believed to be in the company of 32-year-old Jurupa Valley resident Alejandro Lopez, who is now being named a person-of-interest, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department report.

Deputies were called to a home at 3:07 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the 6300 block of Frank Avenue, Jurupa Valley where Elliott’s family filed a missing person report stating that the woman had not been seen in three to four days. Her vehicle was discovered abandoned a few days later on October 28, 2012 near Goose Creek Golf Club in Mira Loma. However, Karly remains missing.

A search for the missing woman in the days after her disappearance included the use of police canines and patrol officers across the Jurupa Valley and nearby areas, while relatives passed out fliers and questioned people in north Norco, Mira Loma and Jurupa Valley.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Officials said there was evidence of a struggle at the last place she was seen alive.

“During the investigation, it was determined that a struggle had ensued inside of the residence where the missing person was last seen. The Central Homicide Unit was contacted and assumed the investigation,” the report said.

It is believed that Elliott may have been a victim of foul-play.

An online-user commented on Missing Persons of America on November 17, 2012 under the username Karen Urgirl saying the following:

update 11-17-12 Karly called her mom the night of her disappearance telling her mom that she is being hld against her will and being beaten (w/a gun) and that felipe said he’s going to kill her and dump her body in the desert. It’s also being said karly’s mom is the trimmer for the guy who’s now inarcerated for cultivation of marijuana and (person of interest)karlys mom possibly was stealing from the trees. now its also said that there is a blk man involved in the crop cultivation who also kidnapped her from house on frank ave. and to focus on apts on Iowa ave. n riverside. now its been said that its confirmed that karly s dead . due to the amount of blood (kalys dna) that was found indicates karlys death by gun shot, multiple stab wounds ??? but have no body to prove her to be dead. therefore the search needs to be expanded outside of mira loma. this is some f… up sh.. that happened to Karly and that she died over. alejandro lopez felipe persons of interests. you ever think about what were her lasts thoughts before she died.

Police have labelled her disappearance as ‘suspicious’ and relatives of the missing woman believe she is being held against her will.

Karly is a trained Esthetician but her license in California has been expired since 2011. She is described as a Caucasian adult female, 5’9” tall, 150 pounds with a fair complexion and blonde hair that is sometimes curled or worn straight.

Karly Elliott

Karly’s Facebook default photo, also one of her most recent photo’s

Karly Elliott’s Facebook page and although her page is set to private, it does show her hometown as Bullcity, Arizona and her current location set to Corona, CA. It also shows activities she enjoys including the casino, poker, bingo, etc.

The missing woman’s family is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts or the arrest of those responsible for her disappearance.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact Investigator Jim Peters of the Central Homicide Unit at 951- 955-2777 or Investigator Roman Pluimer of the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

Beloved Janitor Lead A Double Life As A BANK ROBBER

  • Michael Webb was a trusted member of staff at LA Fitness in Deerfield Beach, south Florida
  • Outside his day job, he was a skilled bank robber who had carried out five heists in as many months
  • His bosses were shocked when the FBI informed them that he had been killed when his last robbery went terribly wrong
  • A career criminal, Webb had served prison sentences countless times since his early 20s
  • Florida Police dubbed Webb the “Counter Jumper” before finding out his true identity.
  • In recent months, Webb had carried out five successful local robberies before being caught in his six robbery gone wrong.

Popular employee: Slain banker robber Michael Webb (right) with baseball star Manny Ramirez at Deerfield Beach LA Fitness where he worked

DAYTIME: Popular employee and janitor Michael Webb (right)  with baseball star Manny Ramirez at Deerfield Beach LA Fitness where he was employed. in South Florida

Career criminal: Webb had been in and out of prison on a number of occasions since his early 20s

DOUBLELIFE: Career criminal, still-shot from the security camera shows Michael Webb robbing a bank earlier this month

‘If the power went out, or something broke, I would call Mike and he would know exactly what to do,’ Sean Lynch, the gym’s general manager, told The Sun Sentinel. ‘So when the FBI walked in, showed me his picture and told me he was dead, it hit me like a ton of bricks.’

Bandanna Bandit: Over a seven-month period in 1989 and 1990, Webb robbed 11 South Florida banks

Bandanna Bandit: Over a seven-month period in 1989 and 1990, Webb robbed 11 South Florida banks

 

Click here for the full article and video written and published by Dailymail.co.uk on November 12, 2012

Etan Patz Suspect, Jose Ramos, Re-arrested For Violating Megan’s Law

  • Jose Ramos was re-arrested shortly after being released from a 25-year sentence, because he failed to provide accurate information as required of sex offenders under “Megan’s Law”, according to state police.
  • Ramos was once the prime suspect in Etan Patz abduction but charges were never filed due to lack of evidence.
  • Failed to supply information to state police and taken into custody again
  • Etan vanished on May 25, 1979, while walking alone to a school bus stop in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood
  • The NYPD is currently trying to build a case against Pedro Hernandez, a New Jersey man who has confessed to killing the boy

Jose A. Ramos was successfully sued for wrongful death in Etan's disappearance but never convicted of criminal charges

Pictured above: Jose A. Ramos, the prime suspect in the disappearance of six-year-old Etan Patz, but he was never convicted in connection to the case due to lack of evidence or a body.

Etan Patz

Pictured: Etan Kalil Patz was born October 9, 1972 and was six years old when he disappeared while waiting at his bus-stop one block away from his family’s lower Manhattan apartment in NYC. He was declared legally deceased in 2001

11/07/12, PHILADELPHIA — A man long considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of a New York City boy more than three decades ago was released from a Pennsylvania prison on Wednesday then immediately arrested on a Megan’s Law violation, state police said.

Jose Antonio Ramos was immediately taken into custody following his release from a northeastern Pennsylvania prison where he spent more than 20 years for molesting children because he failed to provide accurate information as required of sex offenders, according to state police.

Ramos had long been suspected in the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished May 25, 1979, after leaving his Manhattan home to go to a bus stop two blocks away. It was the first time his parents had let him go off to school alone.

Investigators in Etan’s case have long been focused on Ramos, who had been dating the boy’s baby sitter and later served the time in Pennsylvania for molesting two other boys.

State police did not immediately specify what information Ramos failed to supply. A phone message left with state police in Wyoming County was not immediately returned Wednesday morning.

Etan’s disappearance prompted a massive search that stretched as far as Israel and spawned the national movement to publicize the cases of missing children. The blond, blue-eyed boy’s photo was among the first put on milk cartons, and his case turned May 25 into National Missing Children’s Day.

His parents never moved or changed their phone number, in case he returned. In 2001, they obtained a court order officially declaring their son dead. They have become outspoken advocates for child protection issues.

Ramos was declared responsible for Etan’s death in a civil court in 2004, but the Manhattan district attorney’s office has said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him criminally. Ramos has denied any involvement in Etan’s disappearance.

Earlier this year, a new suspect named Pedro Hernandez was charged with Etan’s murder after police said he confessed this spring. His lawyer, Harvey Fishbein, has said Hernandez is mentally ill, and authorities have not cited any additional evidence to implicate him beyond his own admission.

Prosecutors are expected this month to announce whether they believe there’s evidence enough to continue pursuing a case against Hernandez, who worked at a convenience store near Etan’s home when the boy disappeared and told police he strangled the boy and stuffed his body in a trash bag.

Source: t.news.msn.com (credit goes to Joann Loviglio of Associated Press)

If you would like additional information on “Megan’s Law” click: Parents for Megan’s Law

Armed Robbery & Shooting Suspects Identity Remains Unknown

Subject Headshot

STILL-SHOTS: Unknown black male wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the January 23, 2012 armed robbery and shooting in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC (link to video below.)

Subject Headshot

An unknown male suspect is being sought for his alleged involvement in the robbery of an armored car and the shooting of a Loomis employee outside an ATM on Fairview Road in the Foxcroft Shopping Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on January 23, 2012.
The FBI’s Charlotte Division is investigating this robbery and shooting in partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
 The unknown suspect is described as a Black male, 15 to 25 years old, with a small build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black t-shirt, gray sweatpants, black Nike shoes with a white Nike emblem, and a baseball cap with a silver sticker on the brim. He had a white glove on his right hand that can be seen in security video as he runs away with a gun in his hand.
The FBI is offering an amount of $20,000 for information leading to the identification and successful prosecution of the person responsible for this robbery and shooting.

To watch the suspect caught on video, Click here.

 If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact:  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department by dialing the non-emergency phone-line at - 704-336-7600 if you’re non-local. If you’re a Mecklenburg County resident, dial 311

You can also leave a tip by clicking, Fbi.gov (all calls/tips can remain anonymous.)

In two seperate missing person’s cases, mothers turn in their own sons

Westminster Police Photo (Mugshot) Of 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg

10/27/12 — DENVER, Colorado — Mindy Sigg sat sobbing, listening to prosecutors tell a court that her 17-year-old son had confessed to the abduction and killing of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

While any mother would be devastated, there was an even more heartbreaking wrinkle for Sigg: She was the one who called police.

It was not the only high-profile case this week in which a mother made that painful choice. In New Jersey, Anita Saunders saw something on a Facebook page that led her to call police.

Her two sons, ages 15 and 17, are now charged with murdering 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, a bike-lover who authorities said was lured to their home with the promise of new parts.

What does it feel like to turn in your child, knowing they could be sentenced to many years in prison? Surely, no one knows but those who’ve done it.

But a main motivation, according to one criminologist, is simply a desire to do the right thing.

“These are law-abiding people, pro-social people,” said Kathleen Heide, professor of criminology at the University of South Florida. “And besides doing the right thing, the parents often want to get their children help.”

What they often aren’t aware of, though, are the full ramifications in terms of likely punishment.

“If these are cases of first- or second-degree murder, in most cases the kids will be charged as adults,” Heide said. “This means they can be sentenced to life in prison.”

In both cases, authorities are deciding whether to prosecute the suspects as adults.

Certainly not all parents are ready to turn in their kids. One high-profile case from the 1990s, in fact, resulted in strains between the United States and Israel, when a father helped his teenage son escape this country after a particularly brutal murder in Maryland. The son, Samuel Sheinbein, confessed and is now serving a 24-year sentence in Israel — a lighter term than he likely would have gotten in the United States.

Mindy Sigg made a different decision. Reached by phone on Wednesday, she told The Associated Press: “I made the phone call, and he turned himself in. That’s all I have to say.” Then she broke down in tears.

Her son Austin Reed Sigg made his first court appearance Thursday in the death of Jessica and in a separate attack on a 22-year-old runner, who managed to break free, in May.

Prosecutors say he has confessed in both cases, and investigators have overwhelming DNA evidence against him. He was ordered held without bail; prosecutors are expected to formally charge him next week.

Sigg’s father, Rob Sigg, issued a written statement Thursday commending his ex-wife’s decision and asking for prayers and support for the Ridgeway family.

“This horrible event is a tragedy for both the families, as well as the community. I ask also for your prayers and support for Austin’s mother, whose courageous act — unimaginably painful for any parent — has put this tragedy on the path to resolution,” he said. “I am hopeful that as the legal process unfolds, the Ridgeway family may come to know peace.”

Peg Claspell, who lives near the Siggs, said she was grateful to the mother for her decision and called it the “most loving, difficult thing.”

“I can’t imagine the pain for her, and she’s in my prayers,” Claspell said. “She has a long and difficult time ahead of her.”

Claspell’s husband, Tom, struggled when asked if he would turn in a child. “I can say yes, but I don’t know if I would. It would be a very hard thing to do,” he said, explaining it would depend on the severity of the crime.

In a case like this, “I probably would,” he said.

In the New Jersey case, Justin Robinson, 15, and Dante Robinson, 17, have been charged with murder and other counts in the death of 12-year-old Autumn, whose body was found Monday stuffed in a recycling bin only blocks from her home in Clayton.

An autopsy found the seventh-grader suffered blunt force trauma consistent with strangulation.

The boys are due in court Friday for a hearing to determine if they will remain in custody.

What’s rare about both cases, said Heide, the criminologist, is that boys of this age rarely kill girls, especially girls so young. “Usually boys this age kill other males, and in their own age cohort,” she said.

Jessica disappeared three weeks ago after leaving her home in the Denver suburb of Westminster to walk to school. She never arrived. Her remains were found on Oct. 10. Sigg was taken into custody late Tuesday after police received the mother’s phone call. He lived about a mile from Jessica.

Sigg wore a blue-green jail uniform and had a light goatee when he appeared in a heavily guarded courtroom in Golden.

Four of his family members were seated in the court, and they sobbed at times during the hearing.

When District Judge Ann Gail Meinster asked Sigg if a parent was present, he said “Yes” and looked toward his relatives. He then mostly sat with his head bowed.

Seven of Jessica’s family members sat in the courtroom with their arms around each other. Sigg glanced in their direction just once.

Public defender Ryan Loewer had argued for setting bail for Sigg, saying he has no prior criminal history. Prosecutor Hal Sargent said Sigg had confessed and investigators had a strong case.

“There’s DNA evidence, and the evidence is overwhelming,” he said.

After the hearing, Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey said prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty for Sigg because he is a minor.

Storey said the law is unclear on whether Sigg could be sentenced to life in prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the death penalty was unconstitutional for minors. Colorado law allows for life sentences for juveniles convicted of serious crimes, but it would be up to a judge to determine whether that’s appropriate, Storey said.

Storey declined to discuss the possibility that Sigg might enter an insanity plea.

Former high school classmates painted a picture of Sigg as an intelligent teen who often wore black and complained about school but who would stay late sometimes to work on computers. Sigg was interested in mortuary science and was taking forensics classes, said Rachel Bradley, 17, who attended Standley Lake High School with him.

Sigg enrolled in August at Arapahoe Community College, which offers the state’s only accredited mortuary science program. He didn’t have enough credits yet to apply to that program.

Sigg had left Standley Lake High in July after finishing the 11th grade and later earned a GED. School officials don’t know why he left.

Former schoolmate Sarah Morevec said Sigg had been bullied for having a high voice.

Source: hosted2.ap.org

Roanoke County Police Investigating An Attempted Child Abduction; SUV Of Interest

Roanoke County Police name SUV of interest in attempted child kidnapping | Missing and Exploited Children | Scoop.it

Pictured; Roanoke County Police are looking for attempted kidnappers believed to have driven a white-colored SUV, (similar to the one in this photo.)

10/22/12 – ROANOKE COUNTY, VA —

Roanoke County Police released a ‘vehicle of interest’ earlier this month in their investigation of the attempted kidnapping of a child in Roanoke County, Virginia.

Authorities believe based on the description of the SUV given to them by the six-year-old boy, that two men were driving a late 1990s model white Toyota RAV 4, similar to one in the picture above. Investigators believe the SUV may have dark tinted windows, and a trailer hitch.

The investigation started two week’s ago after a police report saying two men attempted to lure a child into a vehicle.

The boy was on Peyton Street in the Summerdean subdivision at about 5:40 p.m. when two men invited him into a white sport utility vehicle. The boy didn’t get inside the vehicle and instead hurried to his grandfather’s house which was nearby and that’s when police where called.

The men were described as Caucasian and in their twenties. Both suspects were wearing baseball hats with possible Indian logos.

RCPD said there have been at least two other reports of people attempting to lure children into a white SUV in late September in the same area.

According to Roanoke.com, Mountain View Elementary School Officials asked parents to remind their children how to handle situations with strangers. The memo advised parents to talk to their children and practice keeping a safe distance from strangers, walking away from a situation and making noise to attract attention to a potentially dangerous situation.

Roanoke.com also said anyone with information is asked to call: Detective K. Saul at 562-3265.

Another Attempted Abduction Involving A Dark-Colored Sedan In Jefferson County

There has been alot of (attempted) abductions in the Denver/Arvada area lately. This incident written and published by Denverpost echoes last week’s article about a Caucasian male in a dark colored sedan attempting to abduct a child in Jefferson County. Who is this child predator and when will he be caught?

Posted: 10/17/12 Reposted 10/18/12 Article By: Thomas Hendrick ( thedenverchannel )

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – A 14-year-old boy said a man tried to lure him into a car and then tried to grab him Monday night.

The teen was walking home from a friend’s house near Falcon Bluffs Middle School around 7:30 p.m., said Mark Techmeyer of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. As the teen neared the school, he saw a dark blue or black sedan following him.

The man is described as white, between 35 and 40 years old. He is about 200 pounds with medium salt and pepper hair. Anyone who as information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

For the full article, click: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/police-man-tried-to-abduct-teen-in-jefferson-county

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Is the above article connected to the below article? Is it the same child predator roaming the street of Arvada?

Composite sketch of suspect. One of the victim’s described the man as having facial hair while the other victim described the man as having NO facial hair. There descriptions, aside from the facial hair, matched. It’s possible the man shaved/grew his a beard/mustache to try and disguise himself.

Jefferson County, Arvada, CO — Is Colorado suspect in last weeks attempted abduction of two children related to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway?

Arvada Police are trying to locate a suspect in an attempted child abduction case. The man has approached children near Warder Elementary School and Fitzmorris Elementary School twice this past week. In both cases, the unidentified adult male has offered candy to children, then tried luring them into his vehicle.

The first victim described the man as having a thin build and mustache, while the second victim described the man as having no facial hair. Police and witnesses are certain it’s the same man and he most likely shaved his facial hair after growing it to disguise himself.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male with light blond/brown hair and around 5’9” tall with a thin build. Police believe he is between the ages of – Late teens to early thirties.

The biggest clue is the suspect’s vehicle which is described as a mid 1990′s era royal blue, four-door sedan with dents on the passenger side rear door. It may also have half of the rear wheels covered with a “skirt” similar to those seen on a 1996 Cadillac Deville.

Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter home with all Arvada students on Thursday, (10/04/12) to alert parents and to remind them of the importance of talking with their child about ”stranger danger” and what to do if a stranger tried taking them against their will. In the letter it also talks about telling children to be aware of their surroundings.

A couple of days after the letter’s were sent, a 10-year-old girl disappeared on her way to school just a few miles away. Jessica Ridgeway disappeared on her way to Witt Elementary School on October 5th. An Amber Alert was issued by Arvada Police Department less than one hour later. She was ultimately discovered deceased less then a week after her disappearance not far from the attempted abductions mentioned above.

Child Molester Wanted By The FBI

Child Molester Wanted By The FBI

Published: October 9th, 2012 – Updated: October 11th, 2012 – HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Honolulu is seeking the public’s help in providing information that may identify a man suspected of child sexual exploitation. Agents believe the man could be on the Big Island.

The suspect first came to the FBI’s attention in 2010 when a series of photographs surfaced on the internet depicting the suspect apparently engaging in graphic sex acts with two children: a four-year-old girl and nine-year-old boy (approximate ages).

These photos were circulated widely among various illegal internet forums for the sharing of child pornography.

Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children enhanced one of the photos to develop an image of what appears to be a 2008 Hawaiian Telcom phone book for Hawaii’s Big Island in the background. This image led investigators to believe that the photos were taken between 2008 and 2010. A desktop computer in the background of another photo leads investigators to conclude that the photo was likely not taken in a hotel room.

There are no other details linking the suspect to Hawaii. His identity and current whereabouts are unknown.

The pictured suspect appears to be a white male in his 40s with brown-grey hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information to provide should contact their local FBI office.

“We’re comfortable saying that the suspect was probably on Hawaii’s Big Island between 2008 and 2010. He may have lived there, or he may have been a guest in someone’s home. For all we know, he may still be living in Hawaii,” said Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon. “Sadly, the FBI catches a lot of consumers and distributors of child pornography. This case is a rare opportunity for us to catch an actual producer of these disturbing images.”

The public is reminded that no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Copyright 2012 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Source: Clicking the photo of the suspect will link you to source (hawaiinewsnow)

Are Multiple Child Abduction Attempts in Arvada All The Work Of One Person?

Article Published on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 by ”Missing Persons of America” who has written this post about a possible child-predator lurking the streets of Arvada. This man has not been caught by police. There has been alot of abductions/attempted-abductions in the Denver/Arvada area lately. Are these attempts all the work of one child predator or multiple?

Missingpersonsofamerica wrote: — In Fall of 2011, the Arvada Police Dept. were looking for a man who was wanted in a series of attempted child abductions and an indecent exposure incident.

On November 4, three 12-year-old girls were in the area of 69th and Robb Street with a man approached them and exposed and touched himself.

On November 12, 2011, a man jumped out of the bushes and grabbed a 12-year-old girl at the Danny Kendrick Park and Apex Recreation Center and tried to abducted her, but she was able to get away.

On November 16, a 6-year-old child was approached by a man as she sat in a lounge area of the YMCA on Eldridge Street.  He covered her mouth with his hands and took her outside, but she was able to break free and run to her parents inside the building.

The police did not say if all these incidents were by the same man, but the descriptions are similar, and they were all in the same general area.

This man is still at large.  Could he have come to the area during hunting season and then left when the sketch was released, only to come back the following hunting season.  He was thought to have had a blue mountain bike. Could he have used that mountain bike to ride that Denver suburban park where Jessica’s remains were found.  Could this man be the one that abducted Jessica Ridgeway?

The suspect was described at the time as a white male, in his 50’s to 60’s with salt-and-pepper colored hair. He has a wrinkled face and a pot belly. His height is between 5’ 5” and 6’ tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. He may be associated with a grayish-colored sedan and possibly a blue mountain bike.

Retired FBI behavioral analyst Clinton Van Zandt said tip-offs about the suspect could include someone suddenly growing a beard, getting a new  haircut or other changes in appearance. Other clues might be  out-of-character behavior, he said.

But, I am thinking if the suspect only comes to the town during hunting season, his growing a beard or strange behavior would not be noticed.

Is Colorado suspect in last weeks attempted child abduction cases related to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway?

Composite sketch of suspect wanted by Arvada Police for trying to lure children with candy shortly before Jessica Ridgeway disappeared. The man tried to get the children into his vehicle. (note: first victim said man had facial hair, second victim said man didn’t. It’s possible the suspect shaved his facial hair to disguise himself. It’s also possible suspect grew his facial hair initially for those very same reasons.  The same week on Friday, several  miles away, a ten-year old child disappeared while on her way to Witt Elementary School. All cases are in Jefferson County Districts.)

LATEST UPDATE: 10/18/12 - ANOTHER incident involving a Caucasian male in a dark-colored sedan attempting to abduct a child in Jefferson County:

Latest article written and published By: Thomas Hendrick (Denverpost)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – A 14-year-old boy said a man tried to lure him into a car and then tried to grab him Monday night.

The teen was walking home from a friend’s house near Falcon Bluffs Middle School around 7:30 p.m., said Mark Techmeyer of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. As the teen neared the school, he saw a dark blue or black sedan following him.

The driver stopped the car and yelled “Hey,” at the teen, Techmeyer said.   “Frightened, the juvenile began to run towards his home at Holland and Chatfield,” Techmeyer said. “The juvenile reported that the adult male ran after him and caught him a short distance later.”   The man grabbed the boy’s arm and started pulling him towards the car. At one point the man’s grip slipped and the teen was able to get away, Techmeyer said.

The man is described as white, between 35 and 40 years old. He is about 200 pounds with medium salt and pepper hair.   Anyone who as information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Updated: 10/16/12 - According to ABCNews, Arvada Police are now finally turning their attention to this unidentified male. They would like to interview/question him in the wake of Jessica Ridgeway’s abduction and murder and would like the public’s assistance in identifying him:

Police in Arvada, Colo., are looking for a man suspected of trying to abduct two children a few weeks before 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway’s killing to see whether there is a possible connection.

In two reported incidents on Sept. 9 and Sept. 12, Arvada police said an 8- and 9-year-old were nearly abducted, according to police.

“Both of them said they were offered candy to get into the vehicle. In both incidences, they knew to run and tell an adult,” Arvada police spokeswoman Jill McGranahan told ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV.

Jessica’s body was found Oct. 10 in an Arvada park,  seven miles from her home in Westminster, Colo.

Meanwhile, police in Cody, Wyo., announced that a man suspected in a child abduction case was arrested Sunday in Belgrade, Mont. Authorities in the Ridgeway case do not believe there is a connection.

With no major breaks in the case, residents in and around Jessica’s hometown are on edge. A report that a man in a car tried to kidnap a 13-year-old boy in Jefferson County, Colo., this weekend turned out to be false.

The teen believed a man was trying to lure him into his parked car, so he ran inside his home and alerted his mother, who managed to snap a photo of the suspect in his blue sedan.

When the picture was circulated by police, the 18-year-old man in the car turned himself in and explained that he had been trying to get the boy to knock on the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home to get her attention, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer told KMGH.

A mug shot of the driver was taken, but he was released after police determined he was not a threat to the community.

“I think everyone reacted just the way they should have, in the light of everything that is going on,” Techmeyer said.

With so few clues, authorities have asked the public for help, urging them to be on the lookout for anyone showing behavioral changes.

“Child abduction, first of all, is an outrageous crime,” ABC News FBI consultant Brad Garrett said. “But then when the perpetrator actually kills a child, that is so above the pale, you’re going to get people maybe to come forward that wouldn’t normally.”

FBI profilers believe the suspect that they are hunting is likely male and might have recently missed work or suddenly left town. He might have changed his appearance or gotten rid of his car, profilers said.

“The sicko is out here, still,” Westminster resident Shanna Pearsy said. “Who knows where he is at but we need to find him.”

Jessica had been last seen Oct. 5, when she left for school. The fifth-grader never showed up at a nearby park where she was supposed to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her elementary school.

After an extensive search of the area, including knocking on doors and FBI road blocks, Jessica’s dismembered body was found Wednesday in an Arvada park, miles from where she was abducted.

“It’s hard to imagine why someone would want to do this to such a nice little girl,” Seth Snyder said Saturday at a memorial for Jessica.

Source of above article: ABCNews

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Updated: 10/11/12 Arvada, CO — Body discovered in west Arvada believed to be that of Jessica Ridgeway:

After 5 days of intense searching for missing Colorado girl, Westminster police announced on Twitter that they discovered a body in an open field in west Arvada, approximately 6 miles from where Jessica Ridgeway was last seen alive.  The field is also just several miles from where two separate attempted child abductions took place. The attempted abductions scared the parents of Warder Elementary and Fitzmorris Elementary Schools, both in the Jefferson County District. Jefferson County Public School’s sent a letter home with all Arvada students on last Thursday to alert parents and to remind them of the importance of talking with their children about ”stranger danger.”

Will update when additional details are released.

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Jefferson County, Arvada, CO — Is Colorado suspect in last weeks attempted abduction of two children related to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway?

Arvada Police are trying to locate a suspect in an attempted child abduction case. The man has approached children near Warder Elementary School and Fitzmorris Elementary School twice this past week. In both cases, the unidentified adult male has offered candy to children, then tried luring them into his vehicle.

The first victim described the man as having a thin build and mustache, while the second victim described the man as having no facial hair. Police and witnesses are certain it’s the same man and he most likely shaved his facial hair after growing it to disguise himself.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male with light blond/brown hair and around 5’9” tall with a thin build. Police believe he is between the ages of – Late teens to early thirties.

The biggest clue is the suspect’s vehicle which is described as a mid 1990′s era royal blue, four-door sedan with dents on the passenger side rear door. It may also have half of the rear wheels covered with a “skirt” similar to those seen on a  1996 Cadillac Deville.

Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter home with all Arvada students on Thursday, (10/04/12) to alert parents and to remind them of the importance of talking with their child about ”stranger danger” and what to do if a stranger tried taking them against their will. In the letter it also talks about telling children to be aware of their surroundings.

A couple of days after the letter’s were sent, a 10-year-old girl disappeared on her way to school just a few miles away. Jessica Ridgeway disappeared on her way to Witt Elementary School on October 5th. An Amber Alert was issued by Arvada Police Department less than one hour later.

Pictured; Jessica Ridgeway, age 10

Friday, October 5th, 2012, was typical School day for ten-year old Jessica Ridgeway. She woke up, ate a granola-bar and got ready for School. She  then left her Westminster home around 8:30a.m. to meet up with friends at Chelsea Park, which was only three blocks away, and walk to Witt Elementary School. She never made it.

Click here for more information on Jessica Ridgeway’s disappearance.

Anyone with any information regarding both cases, please contact: Arvada Police Department 8101 Ralston Rd P.O. Box 8101 Arvada, CO 80001-8101 Non-emergency Phone: 720-898-6900 Administration Phone: 720-898-6660

Anyone with information regarding Jessica Ridgeway’s disappearance, please contact: Wesminster Police Department -303-658-4360

For any sighting of Jessica Ridgeway, please call 911

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