Colorado teen escapes by stabbing kidnapper

The street where the alleged kidnapper picked up the 16-year-old girl.

CBS Denver

EDGEWATER, Colo. - Police are looking for a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old suburban Denver girl who managed to escape after stabbing her abductor with his knife.

Police say the abductor asked the girl for directions as she waited for a bus and then offered to give her a ride home Wednesday evening. She accepted, but when they got near her house she told authorities that he drove into an alley in Edgewater. She says he pulled out a knife, bound her hands with rope and began to drive away.

About an hour later, she said was able to escape the suspect's car while on a highway in Aurora after freeing one of her hands, getting the knife off the floor and stabbing the suspect.


The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the suspect is described as an African-American man in his 30s or 40s with facial hair. He is either bald or has short hair and was said to be wearing a brown or green and white-striped, short-sleeved shirt and dark pants. He was driving a late model blue or black truck with chrome stripes and orange lights on top.

The 16-year-old victim was hospitalized following the incident. Her condition has not been released. Authorities said she suffered cuts on her fingers when she stabbed the suspect in his shoulder and rib cage, according to CBS Denver.

"She kept her cool, which is tough to do in a situation like that, "Edgewater Police Chief John Hough said Thursday morning of the girl. "She basically saved herself from a much more serious incident."