Man Arrested In Attempted Kidnapping Of Denver Girl

Girl Ran, Called For Help; Girl's Friend Got Vehicle Plate Number

Denver police arrested a man Tuesday night accused of attempting to kidnap a teenage girl near Colfax Avenue and King Street, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

"A young girl in her mid-teens was walking home when a man accosted her and tried to get her into his vehicle," Jackson said Wednesday. "She was able to get away from him and ran home."

The man followed the girl in his car and she used her cell phone to contact an adult she knew and the adult met the girl on the street and wrote down the license plate of the man's vehicle, Jackson said.

Police identified the owner of the vehicle and arrested Manuel Mendez, 52, at his north Denver home, Jackson said. He is being held in connection with attempted kidnapping.

The girl was not harmed and the investigation is ongoing, he said.

Mendez has a history of convictions for assault, concealed weapon, hit-and-run and driving while impaired, according to court records.

He was convicted for a domestic violence assault in Denver in 1990, court records said. He was convicted of assault and carrying a concealed weapon in Denver in 1989.

In 1992, he was arrested for assault, making threats and making false reports to police in Denver, court records said. But he pleaded guilty to resisting police and the other charges were dismissed.

1991, he was convicted of hit-and-run causing property damage in Wheat Ridge, court records said. He was arrested for drunken driving in Jefferson County in 1992, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of driving while ability impaired.

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