Teen girl escapes potential kidnappers at popular park
ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Police are looking for help finding two men wanted in connection with an attempted kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl. It happened around noon on Friday at Cornerstone Park, which borders Englewood and Littleton.
The girl told police says two men grabbed her from behind. She said she was able to fight them off and that they then ran two a newer black pickup and drove north on South Windermere Street.
The victim told police the two men were both between 45-50 years old. One was about 5’9″ and the other was closer to 6’0″.
The incident wasn’t far from some nearby soccer fields, but on Friday evening the news of the attempted abduction still hadn’t traveled to parents watching soccer.
“It’s a tough thing to have to talk to your kids about,” said Kim Bartels, a mother of three who was at the field watching her daughter compete.
Leaders of Colorado United Soccer, which hosted the soccer on Friday night, didn’t hear about the incident until learning about it from FOX31 Denver. Tito Ward, director of coaching for Colorado United Soccer, said he and other organizers will work with police to inform parents about what they learn.
“It’s terrifying for us, but we’ve got a bunch of coaches and parents out here, so we’re pretty safe right now, which is great,” Ward said.
For parents like Bartels, it’s one more reason why she’s always on the sideline.
“My husband and I pretty much stay with them wherever they are,” Bartels said. “Obviously spending time with our children, but also because we want to know who they’re with and what they are doing at all times.”
If you know anything about the attempted abduction please contact Englewood police.