8-year-old Aurora kidnapping victim says suspect John Snorsky asked for a hug, affidavit indicates

Girl told him, 'I can't talk to strangers'

AURORA, Colo. - The 8-year-old girl kidnapped through the window of her Aurora bedroom on Oct. 28 told police the suspect asked her for a hug.

"He told me to give him a hug and I was trying to close the window but I couldn't," the child told police.

According to an arrest affidavit, the girl also told officers that she told the man, "I can't talk to strangers."

The girl was able give a description to police of the suspect, how he smelled like cigarettes and that he identified himself as "Jonathan." She was able to give that information to police because she struggled, screamed for help and escaped her attacker's clutches in an alley behind her home.

The affidavit indicates the girl's father heard her screams and chased after them, jumping through the open window and hopping a fence. On the other side, he saw his daughter walking back toward him and the suspect's vehicle speeding away.

Police have arrested John Stanley Snorsky, 26, for kidnapping and burglary in this case. The affidavit shows he was linked to the case by DNA evidence found on the child's clothing. The match would exclude 99.9 percent of all Caucasian males not related to Snorsky, the document says.

Snorsky was already in jail for another case when Aurora detectives first questioned him about the kidnapping. He told those investigators that he would "do anything" to help eliminate him as a suspect in this case, the affidavit says.

He told the detectives that his landlord told him she thought he might be the kidnapping suspect due to the car he drives. Snorsky also reportedly said that he was told the kidnapping suspect was wearing a black winter coat, but that he didn't own such a garment.

When officers searched his home, however, they found a black winter coat among his possessions.

The affidavit also summarizes an interview with a woman identified as Snorsky's foster mother.

"During the time she was fostering him she observed him looking at child pornography on his computer that she never reported to police," the document says.

She also told police that Snorsky occasionally sent her text messages containing photos of male genitalia and was recently using the name "Jonathan."

 

-- Snorsky's other case --

Snorsky appeared in court Monday for charges of theft and false reporting. 7NEWS obtained the arrest affidavit for that case. It accuses Snorsky of stealing cash and jewelry from his roommate and staging the home to look like it had been burglarized. The roommate told police $14,000 in cash was taken along with $43,000 in jewelry, rare coins and original paintings.

The arrest affidavit said Snorsky was identified as a suspect after he sold items at a variety of pawn stores. On the pawn tickets, Snorsky wrote his name and address -- the same address the items were stolen from, police said.

Bond in the theft and false reporting case was set at $100,000. Bond in the kidnapping case is $600,000.

 

-- Snorksy's friend speaks out on kidnapping case --

A close friend says Snorksy told her Sunday that he confessed to police that he broke into the home where an 8-year-old girl was taken from her bedroom.

"He would never harm a child," said the woman, who did not want to be identified because she was worried she would "get in trouble."

She has known Snorsky for years and said Snorsky told her on Sunday that he had planned to break into the home, not realizing the little girl was in the bedroom, but that when she screamed, he panicked.

"He was trying to get far enough away that he wouldn't be caught," she said. "He didn't want to kidnap her."

Police said the kidnapper carried the girl out of the house and into an alley where he dropped her before driving away.

Snorsky has a website that says he started a foundation for at-risk children, and in a YouTube clip, he said he wanted to be a "role model" for them.