ARVADA, Colo. -- Police have arrested two adults and six juveniles on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, robbery and other charges after luring a teenager into a stolen vehicle.
On Jan. 27, the group allegedly coerced the 18-year-old into a stolen car where he was severely beaten and threatened, the Arvada Police Department said.
The suspects forced the victim to disrobe and took photographs of him. They then returned to the victim’s home where they burglarized the residence, and stole two additional vehicles and other items.
The teen was later shot in the leg before escaping from the vehicle on U.S. 36. He later showed up at the Venture Inn motel near Pecos Street and U.S. 36.
Kathy Cronin was working the overnight shift at the front desk when the teen knocked on her window.
"When I looked, his face was all bashed in and bloody, and he had no shirt so I jumped up and said, 'What room are you in? What happened?' [He replied] "'I'm not from here, I came from the highway.'"
Cronin said the teen didn't want her to call 911, fearful the group would kill him and his family. Cronin told the teen she wanted to check the back room for blankets but that's when she called 911.
"If that was my child, I would want someone to call the police and get them help too," Cronin said.
Cronin said police and paramedics arrived shortly after and got the teen to a hospital.
"You just kind of picture your own kid in that situation and it's like, unbelievable. The things that kids do today. And it's kids 15 to 21 that did this. Supposedly friends. And it's like, you just kind of wonder that the kids are coming to today," Cronin said.
The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office only released the charges for the two adults because everyone else is younger than 18.
One adult is facing 30 counts related to the incident.
The teen's mom said her son is out of the hospital and recovering. She said her son is asking for privacy.
According to court documents, a friend apparently texted the teen and invited him to smoke marijuana in a park. Police said once they arrived, they attacked the teen.
The names and photos of the two adults have not been released because the investigation is ongoing. The six juveniles' photos will not be released because of their ages.