AURORA - The reward to capture the man accused of trying to kidnap an 8-year-old girl from Aurora has been doubled. It is now $20,000.
The owner of Shortline Subaru, Don Hicks, put up an additional $10,000.
"Let's get this guy off the streets as quickly as we can," Hicks said. "We've been here on Havana since 1987. This is our community. We live close. The people that this happened to live close."
The home where Aurora police say a white, blond-haired man tried to take the girl after midnight Monday is not too far away from the dealership. Investigators are calling it a kidnapping. The girl screamed and got away.
Police say the girl was in her bed with the light on when the suspect broke in. The girl was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
"What struck Laurie and me is, where are they safe?" Hicks said. "Adele said it best last night. She said 'this little girl was where she was supposed to be: in bed in her parents' house.' This guy cuts the screen and takes her out of her environment. And thank God she was a scrappy little girl. Her poor parents, can you imagine where they would be right now?"
Aurora police say the man drove away in a silver or grey newer model BMW.
"A little 8-year-old girl; we can't let this happen," Hick said. "This kind of stuff can't happen. We've got to stop it. And the sooner he's off the street, the sooner he's not threatening someone else's child."
Investigators don't believe the family had any connection with the suspect.
Police are treating the case as an attempted stranger abduction, a rare crime. Investigators have been studying surveillance videos of nearby businesses and searching sex offender databases.
If you have any information on this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.
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