The 8-year-old girl who was kidnapped from an Denver alley by a strange man Thursday afternoon and then dropped off 90 minutes later was sexually assaulted in the interim, police said Friday.
The hunt for that man continues, and the reward for information leading to his arrest has increased to $12,000, Denver police spokesman John White said.
The FBI, who has now joined the investigation, contributed $10,000 in addition to Crimestoppers' $2,000 reward.
Police are still looking for the abductor, described as a white man with distinctive tattoos on his arm. On the right inner arm is a tattoo of unknown letters and on the right outer arm is a tattoo of "SS," police said.
His age, height and weight are unknown. He has short brown hair and green or hazel eyes and light facial hair, police said. The man was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses.
He was driving a white cargo van with no windows in the rear of the vehicle.
Investigators have created a composite sketch of the man they say grabbed the victim. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.
Man Asked Kids For Help With Unloading Box
The girl was taken from the alley behind 475 S. Raleigh St., by West Virginia Avenue, at about 1:20 p.m., according to police.
Denver Police released this composite of the suspect in the abduction of an 8-year-old girl.
7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart said the girl did not require medical treatment, according to police.
A family friend said the girl was at the home playing with an 11-year-old boy while a babysitter was watching the two. The home they were at belongs to the boy's father.
The two were looking for a dog that had escaped from the yard, the friend said.
"They were trying to catch the dog and they were crossing the alley," said 18-year-old Jessica Martinez.
A white van drove up and a man got out and asked the children to help him unload a box into a trash bin.
"Right when she was picking up the box, he picked her up and threw her in the van. And my little brother just ran off screaming for help," Martinez said.
At about 3:05 p.m., the operator of a Diamond Shamrock gas station at 1945 Federal Blvd. reported that the girl walked in and asked for help. The girl was dropped off a block north of the gas station and walked to the gas station for help, said Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
The gas station is almost 3 miles away from the house where the girl was abducted.
A man and his daughter who live near where the abduction occurred are anxious for the kidnapper to be caught.
The girl is about the same age as the victim and she plays by herself outside all the time, he said. But because the kidnapping, she won't be allowed to.
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