Man accused of kidnapping 9-year-old charged in separate case

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  • Suspect reportedly in the back of a squad car.
  • Pueblo police have issued an amber alert for 9 year old Calysta Cordova.
  • Jose Garcia, 29, is the suspect in an Amber Alert in January 2012.
  • Calysta Cordova was found at the Circle J station at Commerce Center Drive and Woodmen Road.

According to court documents, an arrest warrant was issued Friday morning for 29-year-old Jose Garcia in connection to a separate alleged incident that happened in Pueblo on Thursday.

Colorado Springs Police found the 9-year-old girl involved in the Amber Alert issued Friday morning after she called 911. The suspected kidnapper, Garcia, was arrested a few hours later.

Police say 9-year-old Calysta Cordova was found at the Circle K station at Commerce Center Drive and Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs just after 9 a.m. on Friday. Cordova went missing in Pueblo on Thursday night.

She went up to the clerk and asked for the phone.

"She said she wanted to call her uncle, but at that time she called 911," Colorado Springs Police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said.

The suspect, Garcia, was found just after 1 p.m. at a downtown Colorado Springs bus stop.

"He was walking down the street he had his head hung low had on a blue hoodie and a black jacket over his arm and a cop had stopped and said, 'You need to come with me,' and he put his hand on his chest then the whole thing was flooded with cops," Tia Martinez, a witness, said.

Police say a tip that came in from around 12:45 p.m. led to Garcia's arrest.

In the second case involving Garcia, a woman who identified herself as his ex-girlfriend told 9NEWS' partners at KOAA-TV that Garcia groped and fondled her 10-year-old daughter on Thursday.

"She says that he took her out and took her to his house and he was drunk. And he started groping her and touching her inappropriately. So right then and there I contacted law enforcement," the woman said. 9NEWS is not identifying her so as not to identify her daughter.

The woman says she dated Garcia for four years and had listed him as an approved adult to pick up her daughter from school.

"I'm so devastated," she said.

On Friday, 9-year-old Cordova was transported to a local hospital with injuries to her face, according to eyewitnesses.

"She was in bad shape," Erfren Vialpando, a witness, said. "She had two black eyes, and the bruise on her face was enormous."

Police would not confirm the extent of Cordova's injuries.

"I'm sure it was a very traumatic experience," Miller said.

Vialpando says Cordova was standing behind a Frito-Lay display in the Circle K store when he walked in.

"I think the guy was trying to get her to leave, and she was just saying, 'No, I ain't going nowhere,'" he said.

Colorado Springs Police say a third party brought Cordova and the suspect into the gas station after picking them up on the side of the road. According to police, Garcia's vehicle had either broken down or crashed about a half-mile away from the Circle K.

"A person driving by saw the disabled vehicle and picked up this person of interest and the child and brought him here to the store," Miller said.

Police say they were interviewing that person. Police say Garcia fled the Circle K on foot.

"He just looked at me dead in my eyes and spun and walked out," Vialpando said.

9Wants to Know has learned Garcia has a criminal history that includes previous convictions for DUI in 2004 and 2009. He also has a record of felony trespassing, criminal impersonation, false reporting and failing to appear.

"This is a great case where the child was found alive and safe," Miller said.

"I just thank God she's going home to her parents," Vialpando said. "It was just such an innocent child, you know?"

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