David Calderon won't face charges (yet) in alleged kidnapping of Johnstown teen

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Pics, video below.
Update: A surprising twist in the story of a once-missing Johnstown teen who said she'd been kidnapped and held against her will.

David Calderon, the 38-year-old man busted in connection with the case, is not being charged with a crime at this time -- although he's not entirely off the hook.

As we've reported, the sixteen year old girl went missing on the evening of Tuesday, January 22. Text and Facebook messages sent at the time said she was with someone named "Dave" and she was frightened. One note read, "Call police," and her loved ones did, precipitating a search that included a posting on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website.

Fortunately, the girl turned up again the following Thursday morning. She told authorities that Calderon had forced her into his car while she was in the parking lot of a local market.

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The teeanger, with her appearance obscured, in a post-incident 7News interview.
During the next 36 hours or so, the teen claimed Calderon sexually assaulted her and said he was going to make her his queen. He also allegedly held her at gunpoint while taking her on drug runs.

How'd she get away? Initial reports suggested that one of Calderon's relatives suspected that he might be the culprit and told him, "If you have the girl, let her go." But the girl later told a local TV station that she'd sneaked away while he was asleep and went to a neighboring home, where she dialed 911.

Calderon's fierce mug shot certainly raised eyebrows, and his criminal record wasn't spotless; he'd been given a two-year deferred sentence in June for meth possession. But Johnstown police let it be known publicly that the teen was previously known to the department from past runaway scenarios, and Calderon's family publicly claimed that their loved one was being railroaded. Speaking to 9News, his sister said, "For this little girl to come in out of nowhere and do all this to hurt us in this way, when she has previous runaways? I don't get it."

Now comes the following statement from Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck's office. It reads in part, "Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck declined to immediately file criminal charges against David Calderon in connection with the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a Johnstown teenager."

The "immediately" part of the sentence above is key. The release goes on to say, "While charges will not be filed at this time, the District Attorney emphasizes that the investigation remains active and that charges could still be filed at a later time."

Does this mean the DA is waiting for test results to come back that might corroborate the teen's story? Or does he suspect that the tale told by the young woman was meant to cover another runaway attempt? Buck's statement offers no additional details, but further action, or inaction, regarding the incident will speak volumes.

Continue to read our previous coverage of the David Calderon case, including photos and videos.


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Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters
Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters

OH yes CALDERON looks like the unknown guy that STRANGELY walked around and pounded on the HIGH DOLLAR RIG that Jessica Ridgeway was in 10-05-13..outside of my house for 8 hours!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Mr Calderon has been released from ALL related charges stemming from the runaway . 

Last week,  1/2 you had her killed W/ Calderon GUILTY AS CHARGED !

Perhaps apologies are in order ?...

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Wonder if she hangs with the band next door? And does she have a connection to plate 274-FBX? I sent the following email to a Denver Cop 5 days ago. This is the first time since 10-05-12, I saw this woman that looks like the one that was with the group, I saw Jessica with! I saw her out back first today..then she and a guy loaded up some luggage and just left. I tried to get a picture..memory full then this one. It is the greenish suv next to tree. Leaving I got a plate I think 274 XBF.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If ONLY his last name were Sullivan & being held in Arapahoe,  rather than Denver County .

This would be an ENTIRELY different story, w/ a ??? outcome ..........

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

He 'looks' crazy !

CONVICT HIS ASS !!!

Come on people . I'd be looking FUCKING INSANE if I were sitting in jail, accused of his charges !

What were you expecting, a 'Glamor Shot' ?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

AGAIN,  Guilty til proven ?????

Raquel Ch
Raquel Ch

Gross he looks like a fucking sick freak

No Snakes
No Snakes

I am glad she was found alive, though she went through a terrible time.  I wouldn't wish that ordeal on anyone.  I am also glad they caught the guy... who... allegedly... took her.  I am sure more facts will come out in this case.

Hearing that she was a "repeat runaway" certainly doesn't justify anyone harming her, but I am sure she will be more content to stay at home.  She has probably decided it isn't such a bad place after all, and maybe Mom and Dad are smarter than she realized.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So what's with the nonsense of not naming victims of certain crimes, while naming victims of other crimes?

It just REINFORCES the societal stigma, doesn't minimize it.

And the entire exercise is futile once they have already been previously identified in other stories.

Quit pandering to the parochial prudes.

Angela Kathleen
Angela Kathleen

Happy she was found, although I am sure she is traumatized, she’s a very lucky girl

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

I was wrong. Having read she was a "repeat runaway" led me to assume it was simply that, a cry for attention. It sounds as though the suspect may have a few wobbly gears but he'll have time to address that, plenty of time.

Amber Rae Schultes
Amber Rae Schultes

She used media to help herself get found!! There's no hiding her name!! Ha! Glad she's ok!! What a sick asshole!! His family knew he might be involved, so they walked over there!!! Creeper!! My children would never know that man, even if he was their unkle!! Grosso

Ben Trayvon Reel
Ben Trayvon Reel

It says you didnt have links to the story you put up a few days ago . But if you scroll to the bottom of the page there is a link with her name and everything about her.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

@Juan_Leg still? with the sulivan thing? you bring that up on every story u comment on.

Nacho_Panza
Nacho_Panza

@Raquel Ch 

Have you seen her without makeup?

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