AURORA, Colo. - A teen who accepted a ride from a stranger in Edgewater ended up fighting off the man with his own knife before escaping in Aurora.
A man in a blue or black diesel truck approached the 16-year-old girl near 35th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard as she was walking to a bus stop at about 7:30 Wednesday night, the Edgewater Police Department said.
The man asked the girl for directions to Sloan's Lake and then offered to drive her home and she accepted, police said.
As the driver and the victim approached her house, the man drove into an alley in the area of 22nd Avenue and Benton Street in Edgewater.
The man produced a knife, tied the female victim’s hands with rope and began to drive away from the area, investigators said.
The victim estimated that she and the suspect drove for at least one hour.
As they were driving down I-225, the girl managed to open the passenger door and stick her lower legs out of the truck, in an unsuccessful attempt to gain the attention of another driver.
Eventually the girl was able to free one of her hands from the ropes and grabbed the man's knife, which was on the floorboards. She started stabbing the man in the left shoulder and rib cage as he was driving.
When the man stopped his truck, the girl got out and ran. She went through an exit in the sound barrier walls on I-225 and ran to a home near Sand Creek Road, police said.
The girl has cuts on her right hand that occurred as she stabbed the suspect. She was transported to a local hospital and was treated and released.
The Aurora Police Department is now searching for the man involved. He is described as a black man in his 30s or 40s, driving a dark-colored diesel truck with a chrome stripe on the bottom of the sides and amber running lights on the top of the cab. He was wearing a brown or green and white striped, short-sleeve shirt and dark pants and would have a stab wound on his shoulder.
Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Detective Joseph Montoya at the Edgewater Police Department at 303-763-3025, the Edgewater Police Department main telephone number at 303-235-0500 or the Jefferson County Dispatch center at 303-271-0211.