AURORA — The man who Aurora Police said tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl Thursday night is in custody and will be charged. The organization released his mugshot Monday.
The suspect, identified on Monday as 32-year-old Tyler Christensen, was a stranger to the victim. He's also a registered sex offender, registered in Aurora for a 2012 felony conviction of sexual assault.
Around 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, an 11-year-old girl was walking home from a bus stop near E. Exposition Avenue and S. Nome Street, Chief Nick Metz of the Aurora Police Department said during a press conference on Friday.
She saw a man approaching her and when they met, he grabbed her and put his hands over her mouth, according to Metz. The girl fought back, screaming and biting Christensen, police said. He eventually let go.
"This young lady, extraordinary young lady, did what she needed to do to get away," Metz said.
Aurora Police Commander Ernie Ortiz said the girl was then able to run home and that's when police were called.
Christensen was able to get away, but he was arrested on Friday afternoon after the agency held a press conference. He'll be charged with second-degree unlawful sexual contact and second-degree kidnapping. He's not eligible for bond.
Metz said if anyone else has been a victim of a similar attack, but did not report it for any reason, to reach out to Aurora police now.
If anyone has information on this incident they are asked to call 911 or the APD non-emergency number at 303-627-3100. You can also e-mail tips or surveillance video to APDCRIMETIPS@AURORAGOV.ORG.
At first, APD was not identifying Christensen out of fear of compromising their ongoing investigation.