AURORA, Colo. -- In an exclusive interview, a friend of accused kidnapper John Snorsky says he didn't mean to kidnap an 8-year-old Aurora girl, but was attempting to rob the home.
"Today he told me that he had talked to the police and he told them the truth," the friend said. "And I said, 'Honey, will you tell the truth now?' and he said 'I might as well, why not?'"
A woman, who declined to be identified but is a close friend of Snorsky's, said the suspect told her he planned to rob the home for enough money to buy some drugs, but had no interest in the child.
"He thought the room was empty. He turned on a light and that little girl woke up and said 'Who are you?' He was just intending to rob," the friend said.
Snorsky also told police the same thing, the friend said.
"I was so high, I told her my name," Snorsky allegedly said.
He took the girl to prevent her from screaming but did not intend to harm her, the friend said. He said he deliberately released the girl when they reached the alley.
Snorsky will appear in court Monday to face kidnapping and burglary charges.
The friend said she opes the justice system will be lenient because she said she does not believe Snorsky ever intended the harm the young girl.
Snorsky was arrested Tuesday on an unrelated parole violation charge.
Police impounded his car and after a week-long investigation named him as a suspect in the kidnapping late Friday night.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates has described Snorsky as a "predator." After the kidnapping, police offered a $20,000 reward for information that led to a suspect. The reward was the largest ever offered by the department.
Snorsky worked at a Sub Stop in Aurora, but hasn’t worked there for about two months, former colleagues said.
He is also a self-proclaimed artist. A Facebook page called Jonathan Artist shows Snorsky in various poses and painting.
Saturday 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.