WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - A registered sex offender who is accused of trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl in Wheat Ridge was in court Thursday.
Dennis James Willmore Jr., 35, was advised of his rights and had bond set at $100,000 during the hearing.
Prosecutors said Willmore is facing charges of assault, kidnapping and menacing in connection to the incident on Wednesday.
According to an arrest affidavit, the girl was walking her dog through an alley at 29th and Chase streets at about 3 p.m. As she exited the alley, a man identified later by police as Willmore, came up behind her, grabbed her by the throat and face, and tried to drag her back into the alley.
Officers said the young girl was able to kick Willmore in the groin and scream her way out of his grasp. Her dog also bit him on the foot.
The girl then grabbed the dog and ran to neighbors who heard the commotion and came out to help. That's when the suspect ran from the scene on foot.
The victim suffered minor injuries.
Officers said the young girl was able to point out that she had seen Willmore sitting on the front porch of a house during her walk, and directed police to that address after the incident. Police said the victim also pointed to Willmore in photographic line up.
Wilmore was arrested at a house in the 2800 block of Chase Street -- the same house identified by the victim.
Police said Wilmore was uncooperative, argumentative and spit on an officer during the arrest.
Willmore is due back in court to be advised of the charges against him on June 18.
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According to court records, Willmore was arrested in 1999 after police said he tried to abduct a 4-year-old girl out of her bedroom in the middle of the night. He was 19 at the time and already a registered sex offender for a crime he committed as a juvenile.
In the 1999 case, he was charged with attempted kidnapping, enticement of a child, attempted sex assault on a child, trespassing and burglary, among other charges.
However, while out on bond, he re-offended and more charges were added to his case including retaliation against a witness/victim and harassment.
Willmore eventually pled guilty to all the charges and in 2000 he was sentenced to 12 years. It is unclear how many years of that sentence he actually served in prison.