Arvada police want to talk to suspect in Jessica Ridgeway murder case about two attempted abductions

Sketch of suspect looks similar to Austin Sigg

ARVADA, Colo. - As Westminster Police continue to search Austin Sigg's home for evidence, Arvada Police also want to talk with him about two attempted abductions in September.
Arvada Police say in both cases the kids, one eight years old and one nine years old, were offered candy to get into a car.  Both kids ran away.  Now the Arvada detective working the case wants to interview Sigg.
"He wants the opportunity to try to connect these or rule him out," said Arvada Police Sgt. Mark Nazaryk.
One of the kids provided a description that lead to a sketch.  The sketch is similar to the mug shot of Sigg, said investigators.
"I'm sure that our detective at this point has probably put those side-by-side of equal scale," Sgt. Mark Nazaryk said.
While there may be similarities between the sketch and Sigg's photo, the vehicle used in the near abductions does not match.
"The vehicle from both of our cases in September was kind of a royal blue sedan and Sigg's car isn't even close to that," said Sgt. Mark Nazaryk.
Whether Arvada Police will be able to talk to the 17-year-old is entirely up to Sigg and his parents.
There was no physical contact in the attempted abductions so the DNA sample Sigg gave police will not help solve the cases.


DNA match and confession

Sigg made his first court appearance Thursday morning in Jefferson County court. The teen wore a bright, light green jumpsuit. His hands and feet were both shackled.

Chief Deputy Deputy District Hal Sargent said Sigg poses a threat to the community and cited "overwhelming evidence" against the teen, including a DNA match and his confession.

The judge ordered Sigg held without bond.

A prosecutor said in court Thursday  that authorities have a DNA match and confession from the 17-year-old suspect.

Sources told the CALL7 Investigators that police would have eventually been led to Sigg, because he was one of 500 people who voluntarily submitted their DNA to investigators. So, while the phone call tip to police led to Sigg's arrest more quickly, once all of the DNA samples from neighborhood residents had been processed, investigators said they would have connected the cases to Sigg.

The CALL7 Investigators also confirmed that police recovered body parts at Sigg's home during their search on Wednesday.

If Sigg is tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder, because he's a juvenile, he cannot face the death penalty or be given a sentence of mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole, Storey said.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that sentencing a juvenile murder offender to mandatory life in prison without parole is cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Constitution's Eighth Amendment.

However, Justice Elena Kagan's majority decision did not completely eliminate life-without-parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder. She ruled out automatic life sentences, writing that "a judge or jury must have the opportunity to consider mitigating circumstances before imposing the harshest possible penalty for juveniles."

The high court banned the juvenile death penalty in 2005.

Storey said the June Supreme Court ruling made the current law on life-without-parole sentences for juveniles "murky."

So, even if Sigg is convicted of murder, Storey said, "because he's a juvenile we would have to have a sentencing hearing to see if he would actually even get life."

Sigg is being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree kidnapping and two counts of criminal attempt: attempted murder and attempted kidnapping.

The first three charges (murder and kidnapping) are related to the Jessica Ridgeway case, according to Westminster Police spokesman Trevor Materasso.

Materasso said the last two charges, attempted murder and attempted kidnapping, are related to a May incident where a 22-year-old woman was attacked while she was jogging around Ketner Lake in Westminster.

Official charges from the district attorney's office will be filed by Tuesday.


Sigg Turns Himself In


Westminster police said they received a call Tuesday evening that led them to Sigg's home near the Ketner Lake Open Space, which is about 1 mile from Jessica's home on the other side of Ketner Lake.

He was arrested at his home around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and cooperated with police and waived his rights, according to the custody report.

7NEWS has learned that a woman identifying herself as Sigg's aunt said the teen went to his mother on Tuesday with "disturbing information" and his mom urged him to call police and turn himself in.

Sigg's mother, Mindy Sigg, told reporters that she made the phone call to police and then her son turned himself in.

His mother was at the home when he was taken into custody.

Sigg does not appear on any Colorado sex offender lists and since he is a juvenile, his previous record has been sealed.

He is being held at the Mount View Youth Services Detention Center.


Sigg's father issues statement


Rob Sigg, the father of Austin Sigg. issued a statement Thursday:

"First, I would ask for your prayers and support for the Ridgeway family. There are no words to express the sorrow that I and my family feel for their pain they are suffering. We are devastated by the knowledge that my son, Austin Sigg, has been arrested and will be charged with the murder of their beautiful daughter Jessica. This horrible event is a tragedy for both the families, as well as the community. I ask also for your prayers and support for Austin’s mother, whose courageous act … unimaginably painful for any parent … has put this tragedy on the path to resolution. I am hopeful that as the legal process unfolds, the Ridgeway family may come to know peace."

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