More than 50 tips received about man who kidnapped girl through her window in Aurora

Hanover Street kidnapping case a top priority

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police have received more than 50 tips in their search for the man who kidnapped an 8-year-old girl through her window, and more leads continue to come in.

Sgt. Cassidee Carlson told 7NEWS the tips were counted on Tuesday, even before a donation doubled the reward for information to $20,000. She said more tips have continued to come in since the increased reward was announced.

In addition to investigating those tips, Carlson said the department was also working through the records of sex offenders. So far, she said, neither approach has led to a breakthrough on the case.

 

-- The Kidnapping --

At about 12:15 a.m. Monday a man cut the screen off an unlocked window on the side of a house on Hanover Street near East 17th Avenue, police said.

The man reached into the ground-floor window and grabbed the girl, pulling her out through the window, investigators said. But as he was running away with the child she was able to scream for help.

The girl's father heard her, ran out of the home and found his daughter running back from the alley behind the house, police said. The girl was checked out at a hospital and suffered very minor injuries, according to police.

The father told police he saw a newer model silver or grey BMW sedan drive off southbound through the alley and then westbound on East 16th Avenue.

Police are looking for a white man with short blond hair.  He was wearing a heavy black winter jacket and had the distinct odor of cigarette smoke, investigators said.

On Monday night, police released a composite sketch of the man they were looking for after conducting an extensive forensic interview with the victim.