Grand Junc­tion teen pushes the panic but­ton

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

Grand Junc­tion po­lice freed a ju­ve­nile boy and ar­rested a re­peat child mo­lester af­ter the al­leged vic­tim pushed a cell­phone panic alarm mo­ments af­ter his kid­nap­ping Thurs­day night, au­thor­i­ties say.

Aaron Scott Smith, 47, of Utah, has been ar­rested for in­ves­ti­ga­tion of kid­nap­ping, in­ter­net lur­ing of a child, child en­tice­ment, sex­ual as­sault on a child, un­law­ful sex­ual con­tact with­out con­sent, ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and hav­ing ve­hi­cle li­cense plates that are not clearly vis­i­ble, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease by Grand Junc­tion po­lice.

The vic­tim told po­lice that he met a per­son he thought was a 13- or 14-yearold boy on a so­cial me­dia ap­pli­ca­tion called “Kik.” Af­ter com­mu­ni­cat­ing for sev­eral days, the per­son mes­saged him and said he was in town and wanted to meet him.

They agreed on a lo­ca­tion to meet, and when the vic­tim walked to the lo­ca­tion, Smith al­legedly drove up to him, called the boy by name and told him to get in the car. The boy got into the car and im­me­di­ately ac­ti­vated an emer­gency alarm on his cell­phone.

About 13 min­utes later, Grand Junc­tion po­lice — guided by the cell­phone alarm sig­nal — found the al­leged kid­nap­per’s car at 7:38 p.m. near Hayes Drive and Mi­randa Street. The car with tinted win­dows was parked in a dark lo­ca­tion of the street. The li­cense place was ob­scured by a dark tinted cover, the news re­lease says.

Of­fi­cers shone a spot­light on the ve­hi­cle to check for oc­cu­pants. The front seat was un­oc­cu­pied, but what ap­peared to be a man could be seen in the back seat. When of­fi­cers ap­proached the ve­hi­cle, the man be­gan to climb into the front seat.

Of­fi­cers yelled at the man, or­der­ing him to put his hands on the steer­ing wheel, when the sus­pect tried to put a key into the ig­ni­tion. The man obeyed the or­der and climbed out of the car when po­lice told him to do so.

Po­lice found the boy in the back seat of the car.

When au­thor­i­ties did a crim­i­nal back­ground check they dis­cov­ered that Smith had an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory with nu­mer­ous felony con­vic­tions re­lated to sex­ual crimes against chil­dren.

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