Attempted abduction in Golden a ‘misunderstanding’

Suspected vehicle, dark blue 4-door sedan

Suspected vehicle, dark blue 4-door sedan

GOLDEN, Colo. – Police said the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old boy in Jefferson County Saturday was all a misunderstanding.

Mark Techmeyer of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said an 18-year-old turned himself into police shortly after 10 p.m., after a picture of the sedan he was driving was released.

Techmeyer said the man told police he did approach the boy Saturday night in the 16000 block of West 2nd Avenue, in order to get information on his ex-girlfriend, who apparently lived down the street from the boy.

Police said he was hoping the boy could knock on his ex-girlfriend’s door to get her attention, and when the boy walked away, the man got out of the car and approached him.

Techmeyer said the boy’s mother did the right thing in taking a picture of the man’s car, because it helped get the suspect to turn himself in.

The 18-year-old may face harassment charges. He was released at 5 a.m. Sunday after being cleared by police.

“He just made an extremely poor decision at an extremely bad time,” said Techmeyer.

According to Jefferson County Police, they received a call around 6:30 p.m. that a white male with dark hair attempted to abduct a 13-year-old boy at 16640 West 2nd Avenue in Golden.

Police said the suspect was driving a dark blue four-door small sedan that was last seen heading eastbound from the 6th Avenue West Estates near Indiana and 6th Ave. Authorities said the man was wearing a red jersey and a red cap.

The suspect’s car matched the description of two attempted child abductions that happened in Arvada in September, so that heightened the level of urgency, according to police.