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Family speaks in defense of Johnstown man cleared in teen abduction

7:41 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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JOHNSTOWN - Charges were dropped against a Johnstown man police originally said may have kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 16-year old girl.

David Calderon was accused last week of kidnapping the teen from a grocery store parking lot in Johnstown.

Wednesday afternoon, the Weld County District Attorney said he didn't have enough evidence to file charges against him.

That decision came after a phone call from Johnstown's Police Chief Brian Phillips Wednesday morning.

"There was enough information that we've uncovered in our follow-up investigation to make me feel that we needed to stop where we were at this point," Phillips said. "We started looking into some of the things that were brought up in the original interviews and we found a couple inconsistencies in those statements."

Phillips would not say if the 16-year-old had inconsistencies in her story. However, Calderon's family firmly believes she lied about the abduction and sexual assault.

"The stuff that she was saying, it didn't go together," a Calderon family member said. "It didn't add up."

It started last Tuesday evening, when the 16-year old girl from Johnstown posted a message on Facebook saying a man named David was holding her hostage. A friend saw the message and called police.

Police told the media and one of Calderon's family member's saw the news coverage, went over to his house and told him to let her go, according to an affidavit.

Police say he let her go and she called them. Calderon was arrested.

Police now say the two spent time together Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning of last week, but what happened during that time is up for more investigation.

"I know he would never, never do anything to hurt anybody," David's sister, Susie Calderon, said.

Calderon's sister said her brother was at his parents' house for about an hour during the time-frame where the girl said she was abducted last week.

She said the girl could have easily escaped, if the abduction story was true. She also says she posted news stories about the abduction on her Facebook Timeline along with Calderon's mug shot.

"I don't understand why somebody would do something like that if you're so devastated, if you're so hurt," Susie Calderon said. "I know I wouldn't."

"We're a well known family in Johnstown," she said. "For her to do this to not just him, but the family, who believe in him is very devastating and it hurts."

When contacted by 9News Thursday, the 16-year-old's mother said, "No comment, thank you," and hung up the phone.

Johnstown Police Chief Brian Phillips said his department is still investigating the case, but would not say if more potential charges would come forward.

"We did have probable cause to make an arrest. I don't question that probable cause for a second," he said. "We wanted to make sure we presented a case that was fair to everyone involved."

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