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Jeffco sheriff looking for potential kidnapper

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By AJ Vicens

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in tracking down a man who tried to force a South Jeffco woman into his truck Jan. 3 after possibly sexually assaulting her.

The incident started about 1:45 a.m. Jan. 3 in a bar parking lot near Ken Caryl Avenue and South Simms Street, according to sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires. A woman in her mid-20s was dropped off at her car in the parking lot by a friend. The woman drove to her home a few minutes away and apparently was followed by a white two-door Chevy or GMC work truck. The woman parked in front of her home, and the truck pulled up next to her. A man jumped out of the truck and tried to force the woman into the passenger side of his truck. He might have sexually assaulted the woman at that time, Shires said.

The woman began to scream, leading a neighbor to turn on the lights. The suspect then fled in his truck.

The woman sustained injuries to her face in the attack.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set Hispanic male in his early 30s with black hair shaved on the sides and spiked on top. He has brown eyes, is 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7, weighs 180 to 200 pounds and has acne scars on his face, along with a thin mustache.

Shires said the situation offers a reminder of what people should do if they feel they're being followed.

"If you feel like you're being followed, don't go directly home," Shires said. "The best thing to do is go to a 24-hour convenience store, a place where someone is working."

Many 24-hour establishments — such as gas stations, grocery stores or convenience stores — have security cameras that can aid police in tracking down suspects, Shires said.

He also said people with cell phones should call police right away if they feel they're being followed.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Jefferson County sheriff's tip line at 303-271-5216.

Contact AJ Vicens at aj@evergreenco.com, and check www.columbinecourier.com for updates and breaking news.