Police: Kidnapping report likely a prank

By Chris Michlewicz
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Parker police detectives believe a prankster is behind a 911 call from a child who claimed to have been abducted.

Officers swarmed the Crown Point development near E-470 and South Parker Road after it was determined to be the point of origin for the June 6 phone call. There were no reports of a missing child in Colorado, but the Parker Police Department treated the call as credible and issued alerts about a possible kidnapping.

The child, who investigators believe was a young boy, told the emergency dispatcher he was walking to a grocery store when he was kidnapped by a white male wearing black shoes. The child also claimed to be calling from the trunk of the suspect’s vehicle and said he believed the man was driving a blue station wagon.

Roughly an hour later, the Denver Police Department received a call from someone whom authorities believe was the same caller. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office got a similar 911 call from a child who identified himself as “Marcel.” In separate calls, the child said he was 8 and 9 years old.

Sgt. Andy Coleman, public information officer for the Parker police, said all available evidence points to a hoax.

“We’ve been working around the clock on Thursday, Friday and into the weekend and exhausted all possible leads on this,” he said. “We’ve used a lot of resources: a code red went out, reverse 911 was used.”

Detectives also attempted to track the cell phone used to make the call, but it was untraceable because it was not associated with a registered user account, Coleman said, adding the call could have come from a temporary or pay-by-the-minute cell phone.

Other than the statements made by the child, there are no indications that someone has been kidnapped. Police conducted an analysis of the tapes and it “doesn’t sound like the child is panicking,” Coleman said.

The Parker police contacted other law enforcement agencies and school districts to make sure there were no missing persons reports filed in the hours and days after the first 911 call came in.

“You have to be as thorough as possible,” Coleman said.

The phone calls originated from different locations around the metro area, however, there are no signs that an adult was involved, he said.

A teen or adult would face misdemeanor charges for false reporting and possible restitution for response costs, but no one under the age of 10 can be criminally charged in Colorado.