Exclusive: Johnstown kidnap teen shares her story
David Calderon facing charges in case
Last Updated: 314 days ago
JOHNSTOWN, Colo. - The Johnstown teen missing for nearly two days before managing to escape her kidnapper shares her story with 7NEWS.
“I’m a little paranoid that when he gets out of jail he’ll try to find me or something,” she told 7NEWS with the permission of her mother and a victim’s assistance advocate.
Just a day after escaping her kidnapper, the 16-year-old is surprisingly calm.
“He was really really creepy, saying he wanted to be with me forever and make me his queen,” she said of David Calderon, the 38-year-old man accused of kidnapping her.
On Tuesday, she said she was walking through the Hays Market parking lot when Calderon asked her for a lighter then pulled her into his car.
“When he grabbed me I kicked him on his leg, on his right leg,” she recalled.
For two days the teen said he kept her in his home on Maestas Drive. She said he threatened her with a gun, dealt drugs and took her on drug runs.
“He said if I did leave he would find me and shoot me,” she said.
At one point, she said she was able to sneak onto his computer and send her mom a Facebook message.
“I just told her to call the police, that I was with this guy named Dave and I didn’t really know where I was at.”
The girl said she eventually escaped when Calderon was sleeping. She ran to a neighbor's house and asked for help.
7NEWS obtained the arrest affidavit, which shows conflicting stories.
According to the affidavit, Calderon told police the teen flagged him down and got into his car on her free will. It also says she told him she was 18.
Calderon appeared in Weld County court on Friday afternoon. Calderon is facing charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, unlawful sexual contact, felony menacing, child abuse and assault.
His bond was set at $200,000.
After court, Calderon’s family members said the truth will eventually come out.
“We’re all devastated. We'’re confused. This has just been a mess for all of us and for this little girl to come out of nowhere and do all this, I don’t get it,” the suspect’s sister told 7NEWS.
7NEWS asked the woman if she thinks the teen is lying.
“I feel she’s lying, I know she’s lying,” she replied.
Court records obtained by 7NEWS show Calderon had pleaded guilty in June 2012 to felony possession of more than 2 grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Calderon received a two-year deferred sentenced that allowed him to avoid jail if he stayed out of trouble, according to court records. He was ordered to serve probation and 48 hours of community service.
The judge on Friday issued a mandatory protection order demanding Calderon stay away from the victim. He’s also to have no contact with witnesses, no alcohol and no firearms.
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