WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - Police in Wheat Ridge said they arrested a registered sex offender Wednesday who tried to kidnap a 10-year-old girl.
The girl was walking her dog through an alley at 29th and Chase streets at about 3 p.m. when she said a man came up behind her, grabbed her by the throat and face, and tried to drag her about 40 feet back into the alley, according to John Romero with the Wheat Ridge Police Department.
Officers said the young girl was able to kick and scream her way out of the suspect's grasp and neighbors who heard the commotion came out to help. That's when the suspect fled the scene on foot.
The victim suffered minor injuries.
With the help of the girl and the witnesses, offers said they were able to arrest 35-year-old Dennis James Willmore Jr. a short time later.
Police said Willmore is a registered sex offender and is being held on charges of kidnapping and assault.
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.