AURORA, Colo - A close friend says John Snorksy told her Sunday that he confessed to police that he broke into the home last week, where an 8-year-old girl was taken from her bedroom.
"He would never harm a child," said the woman, who did not want to be identified because she was worried she would "get in trouble."
She has known Snorsky for years and said Snorsky told her he had planned to break into the home, not realizing the little girl was in the bedroom, but that when she screamed, he panicked.
"He was trying to get far enough away that he wouldn't be caught," she said. "He didn't want to kidnap her."
Police said the kidnapper carried the girl out of the house and into an alley where he dropped her before driving away.
Snorsky has a website that says he started a foundation for at-risk children, and in a Youtube clip, he said he wanted to be a "role model" for them.
Snorsky's friend said police took a DNA swab and hair samples from him.
He will make his first appearance in court Monday morning.
-- The kidnapping --
At about 12:15 a.m. Monday, a man cut the screen off an unlocked window on the side of a house on Hanover Street near East 17th Avenue, police said.
The man reached into the ground-floor window and grabbed the girl, pulling her out through the window, investigators said. But as he was running away with the child she was able to scream for help.
The girl's father heard her, ran out of the home and found his daughter running back from the alley behind the house, police said. The girl was checked out at a hospital and suffered very minor injuries, according to police.
The father told police he saw a newer model silver or grey BMW sedan drive off southbound through the alley and then westbound on East 16th Avenue.
Police were looking for a white man with short blond hair. He was wearing a heavy black winter jacket and had the distinct odor of cigarette smoke, investigators said.