Masked men left telltale evidence behind after attempted kidnapping in a Denver alley

DENVER - Two masked men damaged their SUV, leaving telltale parts behind as they sped away after attempting to kidnap a woman in a Denver alley.

Denver police say the woman was walking on East Seventh Avenue near Gilpin Street around 9 p.m. on Oct. 1 when she was grabbed. The masked men tried to pull her into an alley, but the woman was able to fight them off.

"Heard some screaming down the alley and it sounded like kids, and I thought, 'What are kids doing out after 9 o'clock screaming?'" said Capitol Hill resident Lee Robinson. "It was a gal, actually, screaming. As I got closer, I realized that somebody tried to grab her."

Robinson saw the vehicle take off down the alley toward Sixth Avenue.

"I saw them bump into a dumpster, with lots of sparks," said Robinson.

"They apparently got into a waiting vehicle and when they tried to flee the alley they struck a dumpster, damaging the vehicle before they fled," police wrote in a Crime Stoppers alert. "The vehicle lost the driver side mirror and parts of the tail light and a reflector."

Another neighbor told 7NEWS that one of the pieces left behind had "Nissan" printed on the part. Police believe the parts are from a late 1990s gold Nissan Pathfinder, but witnesses thought the vehicle was silver.

After the SUV took off, Robinson was helping a neighbor clean up the damage in the alley, when a man walked up to them asking about the victim.

"He did ask, 'Is she ok?' which makes me somewhat suspect," said Robinson. "I said, 'Hey dude, where you going?' and he said, 'Well, I live right there,' and I thought, 'Nah, he doesn't live there,' and so he rounded the corner and 'poof,' he's gone."

Anyone with information about such a vehicle with new damage to the left side is asked to provide the information to Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.