Woman's attempted kidnapping outside bar investigated in Aurora

Case bears similarities to Westminster case

AURORA, Colo. - The Aurora Police Department has asked for the public’s help in finding a vehicle and identifying two suspects involved in an attempted kidnapping outside a local bar.

On October 16, at approximately 11:20 p.m., Aurora police responded to the Pitchers bar located at 1670 South Chambers Road on report of an attempted kidnapping. Upon arrival, officers talked to  a woman who told them she had just parked her car when a small, white car with two men in it pulled up.  

The driver, described as a white, possibly Hispanic, clean-cut male, 22 to 30 years of age, asked the woman for directions. The woman started to give them to him when the passenger of the vehicle got out, approached the woman from behind and attempted to put a towel over her mouth. The victim quickly fought back, knocking the man to the ground.  She was able to run inside the bar for help.

The second man is described as white, possibly Hispanic, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, 22 to 30 years of age, clean shaven, with short hair.

"Aurora Police have no reason to believe that this case is anyway connected to any other incidents and do believe that this is an isolated event," said Sgt. Cassidee Carlson.

CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia reported Sunday night that the case bears some similarities to an attempted abduction case five months ago near Ketner Lake in Westminster.

In that case, a Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He also attempted to use a rag with chemicals on it to subdue a woman.

In both cases, the victims complained of a burning substance on their skin where the towel or rag touched them.

Aurora police have informed Westminster police about the abduction attempt.

"Because that Westminster case was so well publicized and it was out there … those detectives first on the scene probably saw that and said 'this may be connected and we need to pass on this information.'," Carlson told 7NEWS.

Police in Westminster have asked for the public's help in finding the Ketner Lake assailant because it happened across the street from the school Jessica Ridgeway attended and is in her neighborhood.

Investigators are seeking any information and the Aurora Police Reward Fund is offering up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this crime. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective T. Williams at 303-739-6709.  If you would like to remain anonymous you can call metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or you can simply text your tip to Text to: 274637 (CRIMES) then title DMCS & enter your message.  Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers.

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