Family says teen rescued from Arvada hostage situation is in good spirits

ARVADA, Colo. - The family of the teenager rescued after an 18-hour standoff says Connor is in good spirits and very happy to be back with his family.

Connor was home Monday night when a neighbor on the run from police burst into his home and took him hostage.

"The Ben-Joseph and Scott families would first like to thank God and all of our family, friends and the public for their support and prayers for Connor’s safe return," the families said in a statement sent to 7NEWS Wednesday. "Our son is safe and home, and our first concern is his care and safety as we try to return to normal life."

"His strength and bravery through this ordeal is truly amazing and we continue to shower him with hugs and kisses as we all begin to heal," the statement said.

Police shot and killed the suspect around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday. The SWAT team rescued Connor.

His mother and brother were just arriving home Monday night when all this unfolded.

"As a result, they were not taken hostage," said Arvada Police chief Don Wicks.

The gunman made threats throughout the 18-hour negotiations that he was going to shoot and kill the hostage, whom he did not know, police said.

"The situation was resolved when the suspect went to the front door to retrieve some items that we were delivering and the SWAT team took a shot at the suspect, striking him and we were then able to rescue the hostage," Wick explained.

Read Connor's family's entire statement:

"The Ben-Joseph and Scott families would first like to thank God and all of our family, friends and the public for their support and prayers for Connor’s safe return.  Our son is safe and home, and our first concern is his care and safety as we try to return to normal life.

"Connor is in good spirits and very happy to be back with his family.  His strength and bravery through this ordeal is truly amazing and we continue to shower him with hugs and kisses as we all begin to heal.

"We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Arvada Police Department, Jefferson County Regional SWAT, Westminster SWAT, Lakewood/Wheat Ridge combined SWAT, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Arvada Fire Protection District, Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections for their diligent work in returning our son safely back to us.  We would more specifically like to thank Officer Dave Snelling of the Arvada Police Department for his support and assistance through this most trying time; your friendship, caring, and professionalism truly helped us through an impossible situation.  Thank you to the Agape Life Church and Pastor Rich for opening your doors to us.         

"While this incident may be ending, it will be on-going for us as we work to bring our son’s life and family’s lives back to normal.   Therefore, we ask that you respect our son’s privacy and allow him to return to his life without interruption from the press.”