Suspect in Golden abduction turns himself in after photo released
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The manhunt for a blue sedan and a child abductor in Golden is over. Jefferson County’s Sheriff’s Office investigators said the suspect turned himself in.
On Saturday afternoon, 13-year-old Hunter Godsey said a man approached him in front of his home in Golden.
“It frightened me pretty bad,” said Godsey, who thought the man was trying to abduct him.The boy said the man got out of his car and started walking towards him.
“He motioned me to come over to him, and I said no and ran inside and told mom,” said Godsey.
Godsey’s mother, Eileen Travis, came running out with her cell phone and immediately started snapping photos.
“When he saw that I was taking pictures of him he just fled,” said Travis.
Travis called the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office, and deputies acted quickly after they realized the car matched the description of two attempted abductions that happened in Arvada in September.
“We immediately put out a metro-wide [alert] on this car and this guy,” said Mark Techmeyer, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies also sent out Travis’ photo to the public, and many re-posted it on their Facebook pages within minutes.
All of this attention forced the 18-year-old to turn himself into the Sheriff’s office less than 24 hours after the incident happened.Investigators said after hours of interviewing the teenage boy, they cleared him of any wrong doing.
Deputies said the teen was trying to get the boy to knock on his ex-girlfriend’s door.
It’s a misunderstanding, but officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Godsey and his mother did the right thing.
“He did everything right and again his mom was on her toes and did everything right, so people are thinking about this and the tragedy of Jessica Ridgeway,” said Techmeyer.
FOX 31 talked with Godsey’s ex-girlfriend and her family. They said the 18-year-old had been harassing their family for several years.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said they plan on submitting this case to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if harassment charges are warranted.
In the meantime, the Sheriff’s Office will not be charging the teen with attempted abduction.