Colorado Kidnap Suspect Told Girl to ‘Give Him a Hug’
(AURORA, Colo.) — The man who allegedly kidnapped an 8-year-old girl through her Aurora, Colo., bedroom window told her to “give him a hug” as she struggled to keep him from coming inside, according to a newly released arrest affidavit.
The girl, who escaped a few minutes later by yelling and pinching the suspect, told police she saw the man take off the screen to her bedroom window.
“She told him, ‘I can’t talk to strangers,’” police said in the affidavit released Monday.
“He told me to give him a hug and I was trying to close the window but I couldn’t,” the girl told investigators.
John Stanley Snorsky, 26, is in custody facing charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping. He has not entered a plea.
DNA found on the girl’s clothing matched a DNA sample obtained from Snorsky, the affidavit says.
Aurora police responded to a 911 call just after midnight Oct. 28 reporting that someone had cut through a screen and opened a window into the girl’s bedroom.
The girl’s mother, Rebecca Ramirez, told police she heard a noise that “sounded like someone stepping on and breaking a stick” outside of her window. Ramirez looked outside and didn’t see anyone, the affidavit says, but then heard her daughter start to yell, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy” multiple times from outside.
The girl’s father, Ivan Juarez, came running to his daughter’s bedroom. He could hear her yelling for him outside, the document says, and he jumped through the bedroom window and ran toward an alley behind the house to find her.
As he ran, the girl came walking toward him. At that point, Juarez told police he saw a silver-colored newer model car, possibly a BMW, speeding away down the alley.
Snorsky, on parole after a 2004 burglary conviction, was arrested the day after the kidnapping on an unrelated parole violation. Police allege that in September, Snorsky stole $14,000 in cash and $43,000 worth of jewelry, coins and artwork in September from his roommate and then tried to sell it at pawn shops around the Denver area.
After he was arrested in the earlier case, police began to suspect he might have been the kidnapper when they noticed clothing in his residence that matched the description of the kidnapper’s, according to the affidavit.
While in custody, Snorsky told detectives that he drives a silver Mercedes-Benz, the affidavit says.
During an interview with investigators, Snorsky said he had been in Denver for a concert earlier in the evening with friends but then drove home by himself. Snorsky said he did not stop anywhere on the way home, the affidavit says.
When asked what he knew about the kidnapping, “he said he did not watch the news and did not know what was going on,” police wrote in the affidavit.
Kidnappings by strangers are rare, occurring about 115 times a year nationwide, according to statistics from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Experts say most such abductions take place as a child is walking to or from school.
More than 200,000 children are abducted annually by family members, according to the center.
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