Suspect in kidnapping of Johnstown teen, David Calderon, makes initial court appearance
Teen says she was grabbed from parking lot
Last Updated: 321 days ago
JOHNSTOWN, Colo. - The man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and holding a teenager from Johnstown against her will made his first appearance in court Friday afternoon.
David Calderon, 38, was arrested just a few hours after the teenager said she escaped Calderon's home and went to a neighbor's home for help.
Calderon is facing charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, unlawful sexual contact, felony menacing, child abuse and assault.
However, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by 7NEWS, Calderon told police that the teen went willingly into his car and denies any sexual contact with the girl. Calderon also said the 16-year-old identified herself as an 18-year-old, according to the affidavit, which paints two very conflicting stories.
The teen was reported missing Tuesday night and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued a missing child alert on Wednesday after text and Facebook messages indicated that she was in trouble.
Johnstown police said the messages contained information that she was with a man named "Dave" and was scared. She also said in the messages to "call the police."
A neighbor told 7NEWS he got a knock on his door at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday.
"A young lady was standing there, she began to tell me that she had been taken from Hays Market and was forced into a vehicle and he brought her here," said the neighbor.
Police say Calderon held the teenager in his home for nearly two days, threatened her and made unlawful sexual contact until she was able to escape.
"She was able to leave his house when he was sleeping," the neighbor said.
Court records obtained by 7NEWS show Calderon had pleaded guilty in June 2012 to felony possession of more than 2 grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Calderon received a two-year deferred sentenced that allowed him to avoid jail if he stayed out of trouble, according to court records. He was ordered to serve probation and 48 hours of community service.
At the court hearing on Friday, six of Calderon's friends and family showed up to show their support for him.
7NEWS identified the teenager in earlier stories, while police were searching for her and after she was found safe. Now that police believe she may be a victim of sexual assault, 7NEWS has decided not to use her name or photo in ongoing coverage.
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