Denver police arrest man suspected of attempting to abduct 13-year-old girl walking home from school

DENVER - Police say they have arrested a man suspected of trying to abduct a 13-year-old girl in northeast Denver on Tuesday.

Police say a man driving a white van stopped in the 3300 block of York Street just after 4 p.m. Tuesday and started asking the girl, who was walking home from school, some questions. The man then got out of van and attempted to grab the teen.

The girl ran away and reported the incident to police.

Denver police issued a Crime Bulletin Tuesday night describing the incident with a surveillance photo of the suspect's white van.

On Thursday, Denver police officers spotted a man driving a van matching the suspect's vehicle and pulled him over at Bruce Randolph Avenue and Steele Street, said Denver Police spokesman Detective John White.

The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of 37-year-old Oscar Escobedo-Vasquez on investigation of attempted kidnapping, White said.

White said police have not determined if Escobedo-Vasquez is connected to other recent reports of a man in a white van trying to abduct children in the Washington Park neighborhood, but he added that the investigation is ongoing. 

Police are not releasing an arrest photo of Escobedo-Vasquez pending further investigation, including interviewing additional witnesses, White said.

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