Do you recognize alleged Aurora child kidnapper targeted with largest APD reward ever?
Update: Since we told you about the attempted kidnapping of an eight-year-old girl from her Aurora bedroom early yesterday morning (see our previous coverage below), local authorities have made the still-unknown perpetrator their highest priority. In addition to releasing a sketch of the suspect in conjunction with a press conference at which Aurora Police Department Chief Dan Oates announced, "There is a predator out there," a $10,000 reward is being offered in the case -- the highest ever for the APD. Photos, videos and details below.
Big photos, videos below.
At about 12:15 a.m. on Monday, as we've reported, cops were dispatched to a home on the 1600 block of Hanover Street.
The house where the incident took place.
There, officers believe, a man removed a screen and opened an unlocked window of a bedroom occupied by an eight-year-old girl. He's then thought to have reached inside, grabbed the girl and pulled her into the alley behind the structure.
At that point, the girl screamed, alerting her father. He's said to have run out of the residence just as his daughter was sprinting back to the house -- and in the alley, he saw a man drive away in a newish silver or gray BMW sedan. He headed southbound down the alley, then west on East 16th Avenue.
The alley behind the house.
The father got close enough not only to provide a solid description of the man, described as a white male with blond hair wearing a black winter jacket, but also to smell "a distinct odor of cigarette smoke" coming from him, the police note.
The girl's injuries was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Her dad subsequently sat down with Aurora police sketch artists, who came up with an illustration of the suspect that was shared in conjunction with the aforementioned press conference featuring Chief Oates.
During the address, featured here in its entirety, Oates revealed that in addition to the typical $2,000 reward being offered through Crime Stoppers, Aurora is kicking in an additional $8,000, bringing the total to an unprecedented $10,000. As reported by 9News, Oates added, "I'm giving out this information to alert the entire Denver metro area that this predator is on the loose. We all need to be as watchful and vigilant as we can. I've been in this business a long time and I've never seen anything like this."
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates at the press conference.
If you have any information about this incident, you're encouraged to phone Detective Christine Hurley at 303-739-6113 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
Look below to see a larger version of the suspect sketch, an Aurora police bulletin featuring the photo of a car like the one the father saw, a video of the press conference and a 9News report.
Continue to read our previous coverage of the incident, including photos and a map of the area near the crime scene.