Police seek suspects in attempted kidnapping
Aspen police are seeking a pickup truck and its occupants after a man jumped out of it Friday afternoon and reportedly accosted a local teen. Authorities have initially labeled the incident an attempted kidnapping.A 15-year-old girl, a student at Aspen High School, was standing at the bus stop on Maroon Creek Road in front of the Aspen Recreation Center when the truck pulled behind her about 1 p.m. A man she did not know got out of the passenger side and, after an exchange, the frightened girl ran off, according to Brian Nichols, the police department’s school resource officer. The truck and its occupants left the scene; the girl was unhurt.”There’s a fairly strong chance the vehicle made it out of the Maroon Creek area before we started looking for it,” Nichols said.The girl described the truck as a beat-up, light gray – possibly primer gray – vehicle with a bed full of “stuff,” including a couple of coolers. It was occupied by two men who appeared to be in their 20s. The truck’s engine was not running smoothly.Anyone spotting the truck should try to get a license plate number and call 911 to notify authorities, Nichols advised.”I’d love to have a conversation with the driver or any other passenger of that vehicle,” he said.Nichols would not disclose the nature of the exchange between the man and the girl but has labeled the case an incident/kidnap for now.”Until I’m able to speak to those parties and find out the nature of the attempted contact, I’m going to go that way,” he said.Friday was the high school’s Field Day – part of its homecoming festivities – and students were outdoors taking part in various events. The recreation center is located across the road from the school campus.Police canvassed the area after the incident and had extra squad cars patrolling near the campus throughout the rest of the afternoon.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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