Police probe for possible link between Wyoming kidnap suspect and attempted abductions in Arvada

Wyoming kidnap suspect has ties to Colorado

ARVADA, Colo. - Arvada police are trying to determine if there is any link between the kidnapping and sexual assault of a Cody, Wyo., girl and two unsolved attempted abductions locally.

The suspect in the Wyoming case, Jesse P. Speer, lived in Colorado for several years before moving to Montana.

He was arrested Saturday in Belgrade, Mont., and is being held without bond for authorities in Wyoming.

Cody police said the suspect lured the victim into his car, saying he needed help finding a puppy.

Westminster police and federal authorities had looked into a possible connection between the Wyoming kidnapping and the abduction and killing of Jessica Ridgeway.  Investigators say, at this point, they don't believe there's a connection to the Ridgeway case.

Arvada Police are looking into two unsolved attempted abductions in two different parts of town last month.

They say that on Sept. 9, a man with brown hair in a blue 4-door sedan used candy to try to lure a young boy into his car near Quaker Acres Park.  The boy ran into his back yard.

On Sept. 12, a man fitting the same description used candy to try to lure a child into his car near Fitzmorris Elementary School. That child also ran for help.

"We don't know if they're related" to the Wyoming case, said Arvada police spokeswoman Jill McGranahan. "But our detectives are considering all possible leads and information."

McGranahan said police have received more than 200 tips so far in connection with the two unsolved cases.

She said there were two similar cases back in November 2011.  One happened near the YMCA at 64th Avenue and Eldridge Street.  The other happened nearby.

"The suspect was described as an older man in his 50s or 60s with a pot belly," McGranahan said.

Police in Montana arrested Speer using license plate information provided by authorities in Wyoming.

Speer appeared in a Montana courtroom Monday and was advised that he was being held without bond on a fugitive complaint alleging kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony use of a firearm.

He waived extradition and will be taken back to Wyoming for further court proceedings.

Speer is a well known photographer who has lived in Larimer, El Paso and Teller Counties in Colorado.

Some Arvada parents said they hope he's the one who tried to lure kids into his car last month.

"As a mom, I want it to be the same person," said Rene Rieser. "I want that person to be caught and prosecuted, so the community can just rest a little bit easier."


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