Sketch Released In Arvada Attempted Abductions

Children Describe Man Who Approached Them

Arvada police have released a composite sketch of the suspect wanted in a series of attempted child abductions and indecent exposure incidents in Arvada in the past 10 days.

Based on follow-up interviews with the victims and a review of the composite drawing, investigators believe it’s a strong possibility the incidents involved the same man.

The suspect is described as a white man, in his 50s to 60s, with salt-and-pepper-colored hair. He has a wrinkled face and a potbelly, according to witnesses. He is between 5 feet, 5 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. He may be associated with a grayish sedan and possibly a blue mountain bike, police said.

Police said they have received numerous calls from the public after police released information about the incidents.

Detectives are conducting follow-up interviews.

A tip line has been set up for calls about the case. If you have information about a possible suspect, you are asked to call 720-898-6799.

Detectives are also coordinating with other law enforcement agencies to determine if there have been similar incidents in neighboring jurisdictions.

Incidents Similar

  • Friday, Nov. 4. Three 12-year-old girls said they were playing outside in the area of 69th and Robb Street when a man approached the girls, exposed and touched himself, police said. Arvada Police said officers have increased patrols in each area and are looking for surveillance video that may have captured the incidents.
  • Saturday, Nov. 12, around 3 p.m. A 12-year-old girl told police that a man jumped out of the bushes and grabbed her near Danny Kendrick Park and the Apex Recreation Center. The girl told police she got away by kicking the man, and then she ran home and told her family. The man was in his 40s or 50s with salt-and-pepper-colored hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved white t-shirt and blue athletic shorts.
  • Monday, Nov. 14, in the evening. A man in a silver or white four-door car stopped on 77th and Parfet Street and asked a 15-year-old girl for directions, police said. The teenager told officers the man was so persistent about asking for help that she ran home.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, just after 8 p.m. A 6-year-old girl sitting in the lounge at the YMCA on Eldridge Street said a man asked for help finding his bike. When she went outside with him, the man put his hand over her mouth, police said. The girl told officers she pushed the man away and ran back inside to her parents. She said he was wearing a camouflage jacket and pants and had hair stubble on his face. He may have been riding a bike.
  • Officers are asking parents to remind their children that someone intending harm will say anything or do anything to get their attention ("I’m hurt"; "I lost my dog," etc.). Parents are asked to remind children that an adult will never ask a child for directions and if grabbed, the child should kick, scream and do anything else they can to get away.

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