AURORA, Colo — Aurora police have arrested a 26-year-old “predator” who they said kidnapping an 8-year-old girl from her bedroom late Monday night.
John Stanley Snorsky Jr., from Aurora, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of violating parole on an unrelated charge, said Investigative Division Chief Rob McGregor Saturday.
During the course of the week, investigators collected almost 200 tips from the public about the kidnapping and Friday, police were able to develop enough evidence to charge Snorsky, Oates said.
He is being held on a charge of first- and second-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping and a $500,000 bond.
“We have this predator off the streets,” Oates said, adding that police were continuing to accept tips from the public about Snorsky “so we can learn more about him.”
Snorsky works at a Sub Stop in Aurora near E. 6th Avenue and N. Sable Boulevard. He is also a “self-proclaimed artist,” said McGregor. A Facebook page called Jonathan Artist shows Snorsky in various poses and painting.
FOX31 reporter Kent Erdahl said the Sub Stop where Snorsky worked still had his artwork hanging on the walls for sale on Saturday morning, but they were quickly taken down once reporters arrived.
Snorsky was reportedly a manager at the Sub Stop, but hasn’t worked there for about two months.
The girl was kidnapped around midnight Monday. Police said someone cut the screen of an unlocked window, reached into the room and grabbed the girl. As he brought her out of the home, the girl screamed, which alerted her father.
The man dropped the girl in an alley behind her home, near the intersection of E. 16th Avenue and Hanover Street. The girl’s father told police he saw her kidnapping drive away in what he thought was a silver BMW.
McGregor said that car was likely a silver Mercedes that Snorsky owned, which was impounded Tuesday and searched Friday.
Police detectives searched Snorsky’s home Wednesday and after searching his car Friday, determined there was enough evidence to charge him with the kidnapping late in the afternoon Friday, McGregor said. His arrest warrant was signed around 10 p.m. that night.
McGregor praised the 8-year-old victim saying she was “a brave young lady” in describing her kidnapper so police could develop a composite sketch, which he said was “very very close” to Snorsky. She was not seriously hurt in the kidnapping.
Aurora police had offered a $20,000 reward — the largest reward in the department’s history — for information to led to an arrest in the kidnapping case.
Community reacts to Snorsky’s arrest
Several friends of Snorsky on Facebook wrote on his page that they were shocked by the news of his arrest.
“Omg I can’t even imagine what he was thinking!!! I’m at a loss for words right now,” said one commenter.
Richard Moore, who lives just two doors down from where the suspected kidnapping took place was shocked it happened.
“You don’t take the innocence of a child for your pleasure,” Moore said. “It’s not something you do.”
Reportedly troubled past
FOX31 spoke with a woman who owns the store next to the Sub Shop. She said Snorsky came in one day and asked if he could display his artwork inside the store. The owner said he told her about his criminal past and mentioned that he had a troubled childhood.
The woman said Snorsky even asked for her help in setting up a foundation to help troubled kids.