Man tries to abduct, assault teen girl in Westminster

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Westminster Police need the public’s help trying to find a suspect who they say tried to abduct a 15-year-old girl Monday night.

The girl was walking home at about 8 p.m. near 110th Place and Harlan St., and talking on her cell phone when she noticed the man was following her.

She tells police he grabbed her from behind, tried to hit her over the head, and pulled her towards the green belt.

That’s when she says she grabbed onto a fence post and held on for dear life. The girl’s friend who was on the phone with her, heard the struggle and called 911.

On the 911 tape the girl is very emotional as she says, “…He told her to put the phone down, and she said no, and he was like just put the phone down! And then she was like please don’t! Please don’t! And then the phone hung up and now the phone’s off.”

Officers responded, but in the meantime the suspect seemed to get spooked by vehicles driving by.

“He loosened the grip he had on her and gave her the opportunity to run,” said Investigator Trevor Materasso with the Westminster Police Department.

The girl ran to a friend’s house and is alright. Officers searched the area with K-9’s but were unable to find the suspect. Neighborhood parents are scared, and hope the suspect is caught soon.  “It’s scary, and it puts us on alert,” said one mom.

Here is the suspect’s description:

  • Hispanic male
  • 5’05”
  • Mid 20’s
  • Short dark hair
  • Muscular build
  • Wearing a white tank top and blue jeans

Police are also hoping to talk to the driver of a dark colored SUV with dark tinted windows that may have driven by and seen the struggle.  Anyone with information should call 303-658-4360 or 720-913-STOP.  There is a $2,000 reward available.

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