False alarm: Sheriff's Office says attempted abduction involving blue car was a misunderstanding

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Less than 24 hours after the announcement that a man in a blue sedan tried to lure a boy in Jefferson County, the Sheriff's Office said the suspect turned himself in.

"After having that picture out there it didn’t' take long for him to contact us and turn himself in to clear up what actually happened," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

Techmeyer explained that the man in the car was an 18-year-old who has a girlfriend in high school living in the neighborhood near West 2nd Avenue and West Ellsworth Drive.

Deputies originally said a 13-year-old boy was walking on the sidewalk in front of his house when the man tried to entice him into the man's parked car.

Sunday morning, however, Techmeyer said that was a misunderstanding.

The teenager in the car was trying to get the boy to go knock on the door of his ex-girlfriend's home, Techmeyer explained. When the boy became scared and tried to back away, the teenager got out of the car to try explaining himself.

The boy got scared and ran inside. The child's grandmother, Eileen Travis,  ran outside and snapped a photo of the man on her cell phone.  

"I think everyone reacted just the way they should have, in the light of everything that is going on," Techmeyer said.

A mug shot of the teenager was taken, Techmeyer said, but he was not kept in custody because he is not viewed as a threat to the community.

Eileen Travis said she would have done the same thing prior to Jessica Ridgeway's disappearance and death. However, she knows she is more on alert since the tragedy.

"I think everybody's more aware and more on alert. It's scary having someone  like that," said Travis. "People are afraid to let their kids go outside at all."

Her grandson said he's always attentive but he and his friends are more cautious since hearing Jessica's story.

"I've been more aware of my surroundings, and where I've been and what's around me,  what's suspicious in my neighborhood, what's not," he said.

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