Dustin Canup, 20, and Sareena Morrison, 18, are facing six felony charges. Police say they were specifically targeting pedophiles who had already abducted children so Canup and Morrison could kidnap the kids themselves.
Canup was carrying a 12-inch knife and handcuffs when police nabbed them, police said.
"Part of their plan was to specifically lure pedophiles who had children with them who were looking to share these children. The two planned to kidnap the kids in addition to robbing the adult to whatever location they set up," Sgt. Mike Halloran with Loveland Police said.
The investigation took place quickly; within 12 hours time. Canup and Morrison were using the internet to lure pedophiles. Loveland Police were tipped off Friday morning, and then worked quickly with some investigators in Colorado Springs. The investigators in Colorado Springs specialize in child abduction cases.
"It looks like our detectives were able to intercept them prior to coming in to contact with anyone," Sgt. Halloran said.
Police aren't sure what the couple planned to do with the kids if they had successfully stolen any children away from the pedophiles.
The pair is currently being held in the Larimer County Jail. They are each facing six felony charges, which include the following:
Criminal Conspiracy to commit Kidnapping - Class 3 Felony
Criminal Attempt to commit Kidnapping - Class 3 Felony
Criminal Conspiracy to commit Aggravated Robbery - Class 4 Felony
Criminal Attempt to commit Aggravated Robbery - Class 4 Felony
Criminal Conspiracy to commit Extortion - Class 5 Felony
Criminal Attempt to commit Extortion - Class 5 Felony
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